Cover Crop Termination in Cotton​​

March 2021 | 26 min., 28 sec.
by Matt Fryer
University of Arkansas


​Cover crops and soil health are intricately connected. Many benefits and potential tradeoffs should be considered when making decisions on cover crop management and termination timing, and they are largely driven by uncontrollable environmental conditions. Regardless, termination timing should be based on the grower’s most dominant goal or problem. Cover crops should be used as a tool to reach a goal or solve a problem—not as a silver bullet. Although the benefits are obvious (reduced erosion, improved weed control, increased water infiltration and organic matter, etc.), there are no cookie-cutter recommendations for all on-farm situations.

About the Presenter

Matt FryerMatt Fryer earned a bachelor's degree in agricultural business and a master's degree in soil fertility from the University of Arkansas. He then worked as a county Extension agent for 3 years, and he has served in his current position for 2 years as a soils instructor for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service. In his current role, Matt supports county Extension agents across the state in the area of soil fertility and soil health by facilitating soil fertility demonstrations and cover crop/soil health demonstrations in row crop production systems.

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