Rolling cereal crops


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.

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