Research and Extension professionals have been studying the effects of cover crop management in conjunction with vegetables, such as cantaloupe. There are several different cover crops management methods cantaloupe growers can utilize in order to maximize production and soil fertility.
Mechanical termination by rolling/crimping is one option; while another method is mowing the cover crops. Roller/crimper termination requires crop injury by crimping bar without cutting the stems. While mowing cover crops is an option, it can cause problems like cover crop re-growth. Loose residue left after mowing can also interfere with planting.