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Post by Bio Farmer on Tue Jan 30, 2018 4:26 pm

A couple years ago we used some cowpeas to try interseeding into a corn field but we also planted a few in a solid stand in our garden. The interseeding did not work very well but the solid stand clearly demonstrated the potential for this species in a annual cover/grazing situation.

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The cowpeas did not grow well under the corn canopy. We planted them at growth stage V6 and that was clearly too late. I think this process may work at V3 or V4.

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The cow peas grew slightly better in this area of the field but still not what we intended.

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This solid stand produced a great canopy without any competition. No doubt a cow would love to find this patch.

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The vines are around 3 ft tall when stretched out.

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