Roller Crimping

PFI Research on Roller Crimping Cover Crops

A roller-crimper presents the opportunity to mechanically terminate cover crops with less herbicides or tillage by simultaneously laying the cover crop flat on the ground and crushing the stem.

Determining when and how best to use roller-crimpers has been a subject of interest in PFI’s Cooperators’ Program for the past seven years. In 2023, five cooperators conducted on-farm research on roll-crimping a cereal rye cover crop ahead of soybeans:

Check out these other research trials on roller crimping to learn more about this practice: