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Rolling, Crimping Can Help No-Tillers Use Covers Better

Well-designed roller-crimpers, and a good management plan, can help no-tillers and strip-tillers smother weeds, improve soil protection and get the most from high-biomass cover crops.

Rolling and crimping tall cover crops can help no-tillers and strip-tillers plant into heavy residue, preserve moisture and, in some cases, reduce herbicide use.

That’s in addition to capturing the soil-building and protection benefits. But there are some good rules of thumb to follow for farmers to get the most out of this kind of system.

“Well-designed roller-crimpers can do a good job, but the implement itself is just part of the process,” says Ted…

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