Interested in no-till production, but unsure of how to manage cover crops so they don’t become a problem for the crop that follows?

The most common management concern is when to crimp your cover crop to get a good kill but prevent it from setting seed. Getting the timing right on crimping small grain cover crops like rye isn’t difficult, but it does take a little attention to its growth stage. See this three-minute video for a quick run-down on which stages to look for in order to get that timing right.


Mark Dempsey, CFSA Farm Services Manager, is available for one-on-one consultations with members about conservation action plans. If you have further questions, email Mark or give him a call at (919) 542-2402.