Using a roller-crimper for no-till organic soybeans

Erin Silva, University of Wisconsin, Organic Production Scientist


This organic no-till production technique uses fall-sown cover crops to suppress weeds the following production season. Using a roller-crimper, the overwintering cover crop is terminated at the time of cash crop planting, leaving a thick mat of plant residue on the soil surface. The cash crop is sown directly into the cover crop residue, allowing the cash crop to emerge through the terminated cover crop while suppressing weeds throughout the season.

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