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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Decomposing Cover Crops Create Quite a Stir

Sniff! Up in the air. It’s smelly cabbage. It’s rotten eggs. It’s sewer-gas! All three of those guesses were posted on social media regarding the origin of a mysterious strong and pungent smell in some rural areas of Bartholomew County, Indiana. Turns out, it was just radishes planted as cover crops that were decomposing.
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[Video] No-Till Planting Into Rye

If you are planning to plant into a rye cover crop, it's best to wait to do so until 10 days after spraying the cover crop, according to Kevin Shelley with the University of Wisconsin-Madison Nutrient & Pest Management Program.
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[Video] Start Planning for Spring Cover Crop Termination

Now is the time to start planning for how to terminate cover crops in the spring. It all depends on what your purpose is for growing covers. Covers should be terminated 2 weeks prior to planting cash crops such as corn or soybeans or the temperature hits above 50 degrees F.
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[Video] 40 Years of Cover Crop Research

David Brandt farms 1,150 acres in central Ohio's Fairfield County. He began no-till farming in 1971 and has been using cover crops since 1978. David has participated in yield plots for corn, soybeans and wheat into various covers.
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[Video] Cover Crops on a Certified Organic Operation

David Brown experimented with many cover crops before settling on annual ryegrass for his 80-acre organic farm, Mustard Seed Farms. He found it to be the easiest cover crop to manage, especially when terminating it and incorporating it into the soil in the spring, which is typically cool and wet in his region.
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Join the most innovative, forward-thinking strip-till farmers, agronomists and researchers today at the 7th annual National Strip-Tillage Conference in Omaha, Neb., August 6-7, 2020. Discover practical cover cropping techniques and hundreds of proven ideas to boost your strip-till yields and save on input costs.

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