Producers use roller/crimpers in conservation farming systems to terminate cover crops that are near maturity in order to plant cash crops.
A new roller/crimper designed for self-propelled, walk-behind tractors allows growers with small farms to successfully lay down and terminate cover crops. The new roller/crimper is PTO-powered and attaches to self-propelled, walk-behind tractors producers commonly use on small farms. It includes a smooth roller to flatten the cover crop and a single (or double) crimping bar. The crimping bar stamps down on the stalks to terminate the plants and promote desiccation.