I want to precise that I have started with cover crops in my fields in the summer 2011, so I haven't got a good experience of them.
In my fields, I use a mix of hairy wetch and sillage sorghum.
It seems to be well adapted to my conditions and produce an interesting volume, even in dry...
I have "tested" it twice, a few years ago.
The two times where after ploughing.
The first year, no problem, 4.3 T/ha.
But the second year, only 2.9 T/ha.
It was very difficult for me to explain the bad result of the second year, so I have decided to see with a specialist from CETIOM (French...
Hello, I'm DP32, farmer in South West of France (but my first neighbors are coming from England :) )
I use a Strip-Cat since last year.
I produce wheat, sunflower, rape seed, corn, peas... without irrigation.
I have started to use cover crop since 2011, with sorghum, legumes (vesces in French)...
I'm farmer in South West of France, and I produce Sunflower in my fields.
There is a problem with sunflower as cover crop, it's the sclerotinia (I don't know if it's the same word in English).
So, you have to use it carefully before beans, rapeseed or other sensitives crops.
That's why I don't...