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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Cover Crop Termination Tradeoffs

The spring rains and warmer soil temperatures are allowing rye and wheat cover and grain crops to really take off. Questions about termination occur as farmers consider the cost of the cover crop, their goals, and gaining more biomass growth for their investment. Read more in this article from the York News-Times (York, NE).
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[Podcast] Roller Crimping Learning Curves

This week’s podcast, sponsored by Yetter Equipment, features John Macauley, a grower from Groveland, N.Y. Macauley will be a speaker at the upcoming Spring 2021 National Cover Crop Summit. Macauley shares a sneak peek of his presentation, discussing roller crimping on his 100% no-till operation, using multi-species cover crops to increase biomass, and why each cover crop species is part of their 11-way cover crop mix.
This week’s podcast, sponsored by Yetter Equipment, features John Macauley, a grower from Groveland, N.Y. Macauley will be a speaker at the upcoming Spring 2021 National Cover Crop Summit. Macauley shares a sneak peek of his presentation, discussing roller crimping on his 100% no-till operation, using multi-species cover crops to increase biomass, and why each cover crop species is part of their 11-way cover crop mix.
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Rolling Covers

The use of a roller crimper to terminate cover crops in the spring is gaining popularity. Many farmers often ask if the blades on a crimper should touch the ground, or how much clearance should be allowed. Read more in this article from Ohio's Country Journal.
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Scout the Field Before Cover Crop Termination

Although wheat stem maggot has been a concern for some Nebraska farmers who plant corn directly into a growing cover crop, entomologists at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln want farmers to scout their fields before adding an insecticide to the herbicide during cover crop termination. Read more in this article from the Aberdeen News.
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Cover Crops Can Help with Weeds in Vegetable Crops

Most vegetable legume growers have yet to adopt cover crops due to the potential for reduced germination and yield in thick residue. But a new study from the University of Illinois and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service shows early-terminated rye could be a promising part of an integrated weed management program for some vegetable legumes, including edamame. Read more in this article from the Herald-Whig (Quincy, IL).
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Cover Crop Solves Weed Problems

For vegetable growers, weeds can mean lost income from reduced yield and foreign plant matter contaminating the harvest. But for many crops, particularly vegetable legumes, weed management options are very limited. Read more in this press release from the University of Illinois.
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Attend the 2021 National Strip-Tillage Conference

Discover cutting-edge ideas, techniques and strategies from the most innovative, forward-thinking minds in strip-till to raise your level of strip-till profitability, efficiency and efficacy. The 2021 National Strip-Tillage Conference, Aug. 5-6, in Omaha, Neb., offers a mix of thought-provoking general sessions featuring top experts; profit-boosting Strip-Till Classrooms led by strip-till authorities, and interactive farmer-to-farmer Strip-Till Roundtables.

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