Pickling cucumbers (
Cucumis sativusL.) for machine harvest were interplanted with barley ( Hordeum vulgareL.), oat ( Avena sativaL.), rye ( Secale cerealeL.), sorghum-sudan ( Sorghum vulgareL.), or wheat ( Triticum aestivumL.). Cover crops 3 to 5 (7.6 to 12.7 cm) or 6 to 10 inches (15.2 to 25.4 cm) tall were killed with sethoxydim. Cover crops seeded at 12 seeds/ft2 (129 seeds/m2) provided protection from wind erosion and minimal crop competition. Additional nitrogen to obtain maximum yield was required when small grain cover crops were interplanted with cucumbers. Barley emerged rapidly, grew upright, and was killed easily with sethoxydim, making it ideal for interplanting. All cover crops caused some cucumber yield reduction under adverse growing conditions.