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Producers can use rollers with oscillating sides to terminate cover crops.

Rollers are an option used by farmers to flatten and kill cover crops before planting a cash crop, alone or in conjunction with chemical termination.

Rollers differ in several ways:

  • Cost and ease of assembly.
  • Weight and horsepower requirements.
  • Vibration to the tractor and driver.
  • Operating speed.
  • Termination effectiveness.

Multiple roller designs exist for traditional row crop agriculture and vegetable and organic production requiring small-scale tractors.  Consult with local extension agents or farm services offices to determine the best roller option for your operation.

To view examples of roller types and their specific benefits download a PDF. 

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