Termination

Herbicides Still Most Popular Cover Crop Termination Method

As with all things related to cover crops, growers have a bevy of options to choose from, including termination methods. According to the results of the first-ever Cover Crop Benchmark Study conducted by Cover Crop Strategies, herbicides were the termination method of choice for a whopping 69% of growers in 2019.
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Roller Crimping Cover Crops

Crop roller “crimping” has become a common way to mechanically terminate cover crops. Crimpers are used to kill grass cover crops (cereal rye, barley, wheat, sorghum, Sudan, pearl millet), vetches (hairy and common), annual clovers (crimson and balansa), buckwheat, and multi-species cover crops. Read more in this article from Ohio's Country Journal.
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Consider Planting Green

Those who did have the chance to burn down cover crops may notice the dead residue insulating the soil. This is excellent for soil conservation, traps excess moisture and slows evaporation, so soil takes longer to dry enough to be suitable for corn and soybean planting. Read more in this article from Lancaster Farming.
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Terminate Cover Crops at the Right Size

Cover crops provide many benefits, ranging from soil health to erosion control, and can also be an important tool in an integrated weed management program. However, termination of cover crops is an important factor to consider to ensure that they don’t hurt your cash crops yield, said Andy Luke, University of Missouri Extension regional field specialist in agronomy. Read more in this article from KMA Radio.
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Use Cover Crops to Create a Green Bridge for Pests

There are some basic management practices that can affect, sometimes worsen, and other times be used to reduce risks of insect pest injury. As a general rule of thumb (but not universally true), no-till production increases the risk of some problems including pests like cutworm, three-cornered alfalfa hopper, slugs, and several below ground pests (e.g., wireworms and white grubs). Read more in this article from Cotton Grower.
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Tips for Terminating Cover Crops Without Glyphosate

With the popular weed killer in legal straits in the U.S., no-tillers say they’d turn to other chemicals, rollers or other options. But most won’t give up on cover crops.
Glyphosate has been invaluable to no-tillers in North America and overseas as an inexpensive, effective tool for not only killing weeds but also terminating cover crops ahead of or after planting.
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Lower C:N Ratios, Termination Determine Nitrogen from Covers

A certified crop advisor and agronomist explains how choosing the right species and promoting its growth can help no-tillers acquire free nitrogen from their cover crops.
The No. 1 question Scott Wohltman gets asked by growers using cover crops is: How much nitrogen (N) am I getting from cover crops, and when will it be available?
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