oat cover crop
FYI: I've been using (feed) oats for a Fall/Winter cover crop and thought someone here would be interested. In this area of north central KS it is best planted in the very middle of Sept., 2 weeks earlier you get mature seed heads by the first killing frost, two weeks later than mid Sept. and they don't cover the ground thoroughly.
Mine are planted this way 1) till to about 2" 2) plant with the Gardenway planter at 1 1/2" depth setting in rows about 9" apart. Usually, I use the large bean plate but tried the Lima bean plate for fun this year in a small portion of the garden. The Lima bean plate dropped clumps of seed about 8" apart in the row but the rows are still filling in fairly well So far I think the large bean plate is best for filling the rows with enough seed and getting it dispersed evenly in the row.
Why go to all the trouble? In the Spring, 1) there is a lot of organic matter to incorporate into the soil 2) the oats take up remaining N in the soil to keep it from leaching out and holding in the overwintered residue for use in the following Spring. 3) the soil's tilth is greatly improved.
Oats won't break up a fairly shallow hard pan like turnips will, plant turnips in the Fall if you need that. Who knows maybe it work to plant turnips and oats together in the Gardenway planter and double the usefulness.
Individual results may vary :)