Today, Irvin Osterloh sent us two photos of his 2020 soybean fields, which are interplanted between twin rows of oats as a nurse crop for weed suppression. We told the background story in a May 5, 2020 report at this link, and asked Irv to send along a couple of images of the 2020 crop around the first of June.
June 9, 2020 — Our May 5 story received an exceptionally high number of views from farmers. The photographs are eye-catching, and the agronomic system is unusual: Irv raises continuous soybeans on sandy soils in Adams County, Wisconsin. You could say his companion crop is oats, but the strips of oats aren’t harvested. They’re no-till drilled early as possible in spring, then terminated when they grow tall enough to shade the emerging beans. Use the link above to see the rest of the story, and please note the captions on the photos below.