Cambridge rolls to desiccate cover crops?

James999

Member
I flail topped and left 2-3 months. But actually, in hindsight, the late topped material, 2 days before drilling, did a better job. Possibly the root structure was maintained?
This is interesting thought 🤔 I do worry about a thick layer of mulch sticking around and causing more problems with topping
 

tr250

Member
Location
Northants
What are peoples views and experiences on rolling cover crops to desicate them on a frost?
We have a mix of Tillage radish, Lilla Phacellia and Ovidio Berseen Clover on some land going into spring crops.
we drill using a Weaving Sabre tine and I am worried about having to much trash in the spring for the drill?
Ideally would graze with sheep but struggling to find some locally.
And advise of experiences?
What terms have you put to the sheep men out of interest?
 

D14

Member
What are peoples views and experiences on rolling cover crops to desicate them on a frost?
We have a mix of Tillage radish, Lilla Phacellia and Ovidio Berseen Clover on some land going into spring crops.
we drill using a Weaving Sabre tine and I am worried about having to much trash in the spring for the drill?
Ideally would graze with sheep but struggling to find some locally.
And advise of experiences?

In our experience if done on a frost the rolls ride over the tillage radish which sticks out the ground a bit so you do not get a lot of the stalks broken. This then caused us issues with a mounted sabre tine drill we used at the time. The best solution was a topper to get rid of the haulm and then the sabre tine flowed through the reddish roots lifting them to the surface where they then rotted.
 

jimmy1978

New Member
What are peoples views and experiences on rolling cover crops to desicate them on a frost?
We have a mix of Tillage radish, Lilla Phacellia and Ovidio Berseen Clover on some land going into spring crops.
we drill using a Weaving Sabre tine and I am worried about having to much trash in the spring for the drill?
Ideally would graze with sheep but struggling to find some locally.
And advise of experiences?
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This was a oil radish/oat/phacelia mix that a rolled with a Cambridge roll last January. Photo above 5 weeks later. IMO it does a good job if the conditions are good (-5) and a few more frosts after the rolling. Just used a low dose of glyphosate before drilling just to get the last few bits out!
 

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