Termination

Cover crops provide a multitude of agronomic and environmental benefits for growers, but In the end they're usually terminated ("killed") to provide nutrients back to the soil, increase carbon and soil organic matter and make room for cash crops — or become a highly nutritious food source for livestock. In this topic growers will find tips and strategies for ensuring the most efficient and effective termination of cover crops, whether it's by herbicide, winterkill, roller-crimper, mowing or other methods.

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How Cover Crop Species & Termination Time Affect N Release

While later cover crop termination in the spring can allow for more biomass accumulation, such later termination can change the C-to-N composition of the plants impacting residue decomposition. Therefore, identifying the best time for cover crop termination to provide optimal N cycling benefits can help farmers make decisions about cover crop management.
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Comparing the Tradeoffs of Cover Crop Termination Methods

Each year we receive questions on termination timing of cereal covers. This question occurs as farmers consider trade-offs between a positive return on investment from the cover crop, by allowing more biomass growth with the potential for yield loss if termination is delayed too long. Information being shared can be confusing, with one source saying to terminate pre-plant while another says to plant green into the cover.
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[Podcast] Arid Region Solutions to the Many Challenges of Cover Crops with Roy Pfaltzgraff

In this episode of the Cover Crop Strategies podcast, brought to you by Montag Manufacturing, Roy Pfaltzgraff of Haxtun, Colo., talks about the unique cover crop strategies that he uses in his operation at Pfaltzgraff Farms.

In this episode of the Cover Crop Strategies podcast, brought to you by Montag Manufacturing, Roy Pfaltzgraff of Haxtun, Colo., talks about the unique cover crop strategies that he uses in his operation at Pfaltzgraff Farms.


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[Podcast] Completing The Holy Grail of Soil Health through Grazing with Jeff Gaska

In this episode of the Cover Crop Strategies podcast, brought to you by Montag Manufacturing, assistant editor Mackane Vogel sits down with Jeff Gaska, who farms outside of Beaver Dam, Wis. Gaska uses almost every soil health practice in the book to build healthy soil and farm profitability

In this episode of the Cover Crop Strategies podcast, brought to you by Montag Manufacturing, assistant editor Mackane Vogel sits down with Jeff Gaska, who farms outside of Beaver Dam, Wis. Gaska uses almost every soil health practice in the book to build healthy soil and farm profitability


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The National No-Tillage Conference returns January 9-12, 2024! Build and refine your no-till system with dozens of new ideas and connections at the 32nd Annual National No-Tillage Conference in Indianapolis, Ind. Jan. 9-12, 2024. Experience an energizing 4-day agenda featuring inspiring general session speakers, expert-led No-Till Classrooms and collaborative No-Till Roundtables. Plus, Certified Crop Adviser credits will be offered.

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