Iron and Clay Cowpea Cover Crop Plant

Iron & Clay Cow Peas protect soil from erosion, smother weeds, and produce 100-150 lbs. of nitrogen. They are drought and heat tolerant while being moderately shade tolerant and will grow on lower fertility soil. Originally used as a forage crop for cattle and sheep, Iron & Clay Cowpeas are now primarily used in deer food plots, and summer cover crop mixes.

Key Benefits

  • Control Erosion

  • Great for Deer Food Plots

  • Low Soil Fertility Tolerant

Herbicides To Avoid

Corn

  • Atrazine or simazine at >1 lb will be problematic for legumes and mustards unless lots of rain

    • <0.75 lab/A may allow for most legume cover crops, mustards, and annual ryegrass.
    • Atrazine < 1 lb/A can allow cereal grain establishment
  • Mesotrione (Callisto, Lumax, Lexar etc.), flumetsulam (Python) and clopyralid (Stinger, Hornet, SureStart) can be problematic for legumes and mustards like canola and forage radish.

Soybean

  • Chlorimuron (Classic, Canopy, Cloak, etc.), Imazethapyr (Pursuit), and fomesafen (Reflex etc.) could be a problem for fall seeded legume or mustard covers including radish. However, establishment of cereal grains should be OK.

Technical Information

Erosion Control
Forage Quality
Nitrogen Source
Nutrient Scavenging
Quick Growth
Soil Building
Weed Suppression
Winter Hardiness
Seeding Rate LBS/A Drilled: 30 – 60
Broadcast: N/A
Aerial: N/A
Seeding Depth 1.0″ – 1.5″”
Minimum Germination Temperature 58° F
Interseed No
Seeds/LB 4,100

Technical Information

Erosion Control
Forage Quality
Nitrogen Source
Nutrient Scavenging
Quick Growth
Soil Building
Weed Suppression
Winter Hardiness
Seeding Rate

LBS/A

Drilled: 30 – 60
Broadcast: N/A
Aerial: N/A
Seeding Depth  1.0″ – 1.5″
Min. Germ. F° 58° F
Interseed No
Seeds/LB 4,100