Which crop next in rotation?

I would like some advice on crop rotation. What organic crops are you planting in your rotation? I had Corn, soybeans and wheat in my rotation. I planted corn two years ago, then beans last year. I had planned to plant wheat last fall, but was not able to get my beans out in time, so I did not get wheat planted last fall. What should I do/plant next? Can I plant corn again, after planting it 2 years ago? Or should I plant a different crop this year? If so, what would you recommend to plant? In southern IA? Thank you, Randy

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  • Margaret Smith
    commented 2016-04-19 15:01:40 -0500
    Randy, I would suggest keeping a small grain in your rotation———either spring wheat, spring barley or oats. Historically oats and wheat have performed better in southern Iowa than barley. Check potential markets for these two crops before going ahead. Time is short to get those planted———-they should, ideally have been planted by April 15. You are a bit late to achieve the highest possible yields, but certainly okay to go ahead with these alternatives A nice advantage to the spring-planted small grains is your ability to plant your underseeding cover crop with the oats or wheat. One pass and it’s done! Either species should work fine in your rotation. I assume that you will be planning to grow corn corn again in 2017?
  • Margaret Smith
    tagged this with grains 2016-04-19 15:01:36 -0500
  • Randy Holcomb
    published this page in Discussion Board 2016-04-17 17:04:49 -0500