The Lowdown on Roller Crimpers

Roller crimpers can be a valuable tool for terminating cover crops or simply managing cover crop residue, especially when planting green.  

But using them comes with a learning curve, as growers sort through the different types of crimpers available and learn how to integrate them with their planters and the planting process. That’s where this GROW video can help! 

Watch below for a detailed breakdown of roller crimper use, including: 

  • The pros and cons of different types of roller crimpers
  • Rolling and crimping to kill a cover crop versus managing cover crop residue and mulch
  • The considerations for using a roller crimper before, during or after planting

For more information on terminating cover crops, see this GROW webpage. For more details on planter modifications for planting into high-residue cover crops, see this GROW video

Finally, follow the GROW News Page for more coverage of cover crops and weed management. 

Video and photos by Claudio Rubione, GROW; narration by Michael Flessner, Virginia Tech, text by Emily Unglesbee, GROW