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Dan Grubbs
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Anyone out there using a roller crimper on cover crops ... want to hear of your efforts.

BUT, I'm interested in either building one or buying a used one. I don't find very many out there for sale ... which I hope is a good thing because they're all being used in a no-till, cover-crop growing system. But, has anyone built one before? Do you have plans or did you just wing it with materials?

I'm thinking the most likely thing I'll do is find an old lawn roller and weld the "blades" onto it for the crimping. What say you all?
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Kittum Daniel
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Here is another take on the idea. It is a bit more destructive but it should loosen the ground up and incorporate the cover crop. For what I think you have in mind I believe the single roller 30 inch diameter by 10 foot wide should do the trick. I have pulled a Hodge Built aerator with 55hp no problem but the blades were turned "vertical" while the Lawson blades are turned - in my opinion - "horizontal".

 
Dan Grubbs
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Thanks for sharing the video, Kittum. It's interesting video, to be sure. I'm not a fan of disturbing the soil and allowing natural processes to incorporate biomass, thus inviting more live into the biome. I simply want a tool that will cause die off of the cover crop and create that nice thick mat to cover the soil.
 
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