Iron and Clay Cowpea Cover Crop Plant

Iron & Clay cowpeas protect soil from erosion, smother weeds, and produce 100-150 lbs/ac 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 summer cover crop mixes. Cowpeas are late maturing and have the ability to climb tall species when used in a mix.

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Key Benefits

  • Control Erosion

  • Great for Deer Food Plots

  • Low Soil Fertility Tolerant

Technical Information

Erosion Control
Forage Quality
Nutrient Scavenging
Quick Growth
Soil Building
Weed Suppression
Winter Hardiness
Nitrogen Produced 100 – 150 LBS/AC
Seeding Rate LBS/A Drilled: 30 – 60
Broadcast: N/A
Aerial: N/A
Seeding Depth 1″ – 1½”
Minimum Germination Temperature 58° F
Interseed Not Recommended
Seeds/LB 4,000 – 4,500

Corn Plantings

Trade Name Common Name Standard Rate/AC Half-Life (days) Notes
Atrazine 4L atrazine 1-2 qt 15-90
Balance Pro 4L/Balance Flexx 2L isoxaflutole 3 fl oz/6 fl oz 50 – 120
Clarity/Banvel 4S (DiFlexx, Distinct, Engenia, Status, XtendiMax/FeXapan) dicamba 16-24 fl oz 5-14 Wait 120 days
Harmony 50WDG thifensulfuron ⅛ oz 12 Wait 45 days
Simazine 4L (Princep) simazine 1-2 qt 60

Soybean Plantings

Trade Name Common Name Standard Rate/AC Half-Life (days) Notes
Harmony 50WDG Thifensulfuron ⅛ oz 12 Wait 45 days
Select 2E Clethodim 10 oz 3 Wait 30 days

Technical Information

Erosion Control
Forage Quality
Nutrient Scavenging
Quick Growth
Soil Building
Weed Suppression
Winter Hardiness
Nitrogen Produced 100 – 150 LBS/AC
Seeding Rate

LBS/A

Drilled: 30 – 60
Broadcast: N/A
Aerial: N/A
Seeding Depth  1″ – 1½”
Min. Germ. F° 58° F
Interseed Not Recommended
Seeds/LB 4,000 – 4,500

Corn Plantings

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Trade Name Common Name Standard Rate/AC Half-Life (days) Notes
Atrazine 4L atrazine 1-2 qt 15-90
Balance Pro 4L/Balance Flexx 2L isoxaflutole 3 fl oz/6 fl oz 50 – 120
Clarity/Banvel 4S (DiFlexx, Distinct, Engenia, Status, XtendiMax/FeXapan) dicamba 16-24 fl oz 5-14 Wait 120 days
Harmony 50WDG thifensulfuron ⅛ oz 12 Wait 45 days
Simazine 4L (Princep) simazine 1-2 qt 60

Soybean Plantings

swipe for additional information

Trade Name Common Name Standard Rate/AC Half-Life (days) Notes
Harmony 50WDG Thifensulfuron ⅛ oz 12 Wait 45 days
Select 2E Clethodim 10 oz 3 Wait 30 days