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We don’t often think of our cover crops as gun slinging cowboys and cowgirls of the old west, staring down their pistols at villains of agriculture: diseases, insects, and weeds. But by the end of the webinar “Cover Crops and Pest Management: The Good and the Bad,” I was pretty convinced that while cover crops […]

March 16, 2017 

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Using a roller-crimper to terminate cover crops is a topic that has garnered A LOT of attention in recent years. At our 2016 annual conference, three farmers shared their experiences with using modified equipment to roll cover crops. This year, Levi Lyle (of Keota) and Billy Sammons (of Churdan) explained how they’ve used actual roller-crimpers […]

February 13, 2017 

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Ever wondered about terminating a cover crop without using herbicides or tillage? Rolling a cover crop (or roll-crimping) may be something for you to think about. Three PFI members share their experience with using this technique in the article “Rolling Cover Crops” in the March issue of Wallaces Farmer. When done correctly (more on this in […]

March 17, 2016 

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At the Practical Farmers of Iowa annual conference last month, we held a session on terminating cover crops with rolling equipment. This session featured three farmers (Doug Alert, Dave Schmidt & Francis Thicke) sharing their experiences with rolling a cover crop from the 2015 growing season. Rolling a cover crop is not a common technique for terminating cover […]

February 10, 2016 

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Dave Schmidt, who runs Troublesome Creek Cattle Co. with his wife Meg near Exira in Audubon County, shared with me over email a small project they were trying on their farm involving rolling a cereal rye cover crop ahead of a summer grazing mix. I asked Dave to write a couple guest pieces for our […]

September 10, 2015 

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Long-time PFI farmers Doug Alert and Margaret Smith welcomed close to 60 people to their organic farm, Ash Grove Farm near Hampton, on July 7 to learn about beginning and advanced organic farming tactics. Chief among the topics discussed was terminating a cover crop with the roller-crimper method. It had been several years since Doug […]

July 14, 2015 

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Dave Schmidt, who runs Troublesome Creek Cattle Co. with his wife Meg near Exira in Audubon County, shared with me over email a small project they were trying on their farm involving rolling a cereal rye cover crop ahead of a summer grazing mix. I asked Dave to write a guest piece for our blog […]

June 15, 2015 

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After a lively conversation on the Cover Crops E-Mail Discussion List about rye termination, we invited researcher Dana Jokela to write a blog about using a roller-crimper to terminate cereal rye. Dana is a graduate student in Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University in Ames. His research focuses on reduced tillage systems for organic vegetable production. Specifically, […]

May 21, 2015 

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