23 March 1999
Rolling cereal crops

Question

DOES rolling of cereal crops in early growth stages encourage tillering, and does this have any effect of significance on yield?

Response

John Garstang, ADAS Consulting

Answer

YES, it does.

YES, in some instances rolling can encourage tillering. Rolling can also improve the recovery of roots damaged by frost heave. Yield can increase because youve got more tillers that can produce ears.