No till in heavy wheat stubble
I am a small farmer in central OK with several off farm jobs. I went to No-till in 2008 to save tractor time. I have one small field that I am trying to get into native pasture without spending a fortune on seed. I have fed round bales of native bluestem on the field in summer to seed the field. It is working but slowly. This is the first year I had a decent yield. I no-tilled wheat into what grass was growing. Rate was 2bu/acre. Heavy red clay soil. 1 ton/acre of chicken litter was applied prior to planting, 125lbs/acre of 43-4-0 was applied 2 weeks after planting, and 125lbs of 46-0-0 was spplied in february. The yield was 4.5 round bales /acre weighing approximately 1250 lbs. I cut with a sickle type swather at a 6-8in height. This year the stubble is extremely thick, and an infestation of Bindweed and jointed Goatgrass has appeared. I want to keep the mative grass and Bermuda that is being established, but need to use some herbicide for the Bindweed and Goatgrass if possible.
I am concerned about any problems with no-tilling into the tall stubble I have left and need some suggestions about type and rate of herbicide to use. I will be sowing wheat or triticale in September and would like to plant something for a cover crop to possibly cut for additional hay or graze out. Due to the virus, I am overloaded on cattle and need any extra pasture I can get. The cattle have eliminated the Bindweed and Goatgrass in the stubble.