too late to plant cover crop

Asked September 23, 2015, 12:09 PM EDT

I see that the first frost date is October 11th for Eugene. I am wondering if you think it is worth while to plant an oats, peas, bell beans, vetch cover crop. The mix recommends four to six weeks before first frost.

Lane County Oregon cover crops planting dates

1 Response

We encourage all cover crops to be planted between mid September through early October. As with all farming practices, there is a chance of not having success, but having some cover crop protecting your soil versus exposure to rainfall compaction and erosion this winter, it is probably a risk worth taking! Remember that the first frost date is the date by which a frost will occur 50% of the time. There is also a difference between first frost and first killing frost, which is typically 28 degrees.