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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Dragline With Manure Assists Cover Crop Termination

No-Tillers from Perrysville, Ohio, utilize manure from their 650-cow dairy to maintain high-yielding double crops, and feed for their herd.
The practice of using a dragline on emerging corn began in 2019, due to the extremely wet weather rearranging the Ayers’ cover crop termination schedule. The termination date varies each year, thanks to several factors, including the custom spraying schedule, the weather and what herbicide program the Ayers are using. They typically use glyphosate and 2,4-D to terminate the cereal rye.
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North Carolina Farmer Leverages Cover Crops to Raise Weed-Free Vegetables

The 28-year-old third-generation farmer uses terminated winter rye grass as a weed deterrent.
Paul Tomlinson likes being different. He likes trying new things, and he doesn’t mind going out on a limb. When the 28-year-old third-generation farmer decided to plant a cover crop and take a no-till approach to growing vegetables, he knew he might turn a few heads. “You get some funny looks when you have it planted beside the road,” Tomlinson said. “People stop and say, ‘What in the world is this guy doing?’”
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Banking Cover Crop Benefits for Prolonged Soil Health Payoff

Indiana grower Jason Federer says long-standing use of cover crops is helping transition away from chemicals as he counts soil health the ultimate “long-term profit.”
Jason Federer says he’s been around cover cropping for as long as he can remember. He recalls watching his father frost-seed alfalfa and clover into wheat on their farm near Wolcott in northwest Indiana.
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[Podcast] First-Generation Farmer Unlocks Weed-Suppressing Powers of Cover Crops

On this episode of the podcast, first-generation farmer James Hepp, of Rockwell City, Iowa talks about overseeding rye on standing corn with a high-boy. He also discusses his journey from crop insurance salesman to full time farmer, potential equipment upgrades on the horizon and lessons learned from his first three years of cover cropping.
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