Since I planted this plot, it's rained somewhere around 8", which is more rain than in a typical year, so it's debatable if anything observed will tell me anything about how the same sort of cocktail would grow in any other year (of course, if it hadn't rained or we had a "normal" year, I could say the same thing).
Even considering all the extra moisture, it's slightly amazing that everything has grown so much in just a little over three weeks. As far as I can tell, even though it's hard to tell sorghum, corn, or sorghum-sudangrass apart at this point, the sorghum-sudangrass looks like it's the dominant plant so far and is already over 24" tall, but everything else also seems to be growing down in that stand of grass. On a larger scale, I'd probably plant a lower rate of the sorghum-sudangrass, sorghum, and corn, and a higher rate of peas and soybeans.
It's also amazing to me that I can take a picture from two different angles and make the same cover crop plot look different in each picture. If I had laid down flat on the ground, I could have made the grass look like it was twice as tall. A picture might be worth a thousand words, but it might not always be telling the whole truth (that's the sum total of my philosophizing for today, so you can relax) .
|Kneeling down and taking a picture to make the test plot look slightly better (ignore that canola plant)|
|Standing up and taking a picture to make the test plot look slightly worse (ignore those weedy looking areas)|
I'm not sure what I'd do in field with a similar weed problem or if I would even be able to find small patches of weeds in a field planted to a cover crop cocktail, but spot spraying a herbicide and then replanting those spots would probably be the "easiest" solution. A change in mindset about weeds in a field might be the "hardest" solution.
|I know that some of that stuff isn't a weed, but I'm not sure about the rest|
Stay tuned for more updates with exciting pictures of grasses and other stuff growing.