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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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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Sign Ups Open June 21 for Annual Maryland Department of Ag Cover Crop Program

This popular grant program provides farmers with cost-share assistance to offset seed, labor, and equipment costs associated with planting fall cover crops.
The annual sign-up period for the Maryland Department of Agriculture’s cover crop program will take place June 21 – July 17 at soil conservation district offices statewide.
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Risk Management Agency Announces Special Provisions for Cover Crop Terminations

Extremely wet weather this spring has delayed many no-tillers from terminating fall-planted cover crops.
Producers in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin have been severely affected by wet weather and muddy field conditions. Additionally, many acres of failed fall-seeded crops, like winter wheat and barley, have been appraised and released for termination.
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