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5934. Rogers, R.D.. 1982. Undercutting as a wildlife conservation method.. Proc. Great Plains Ag. Council, p.25.
Using an undercutter without mulch treaders instead of surface tillage implements for fallow weed control in spring can save up to 50% of the bird nests in wheat stubble. Wheat stubble is often undisturbed following harvest and provides a good source of winter food and cover for wildlife. Nest survival increases directly with undercutter size and can potentially exceed 50% with large, wide-bladed undercutters. Both for wildlife and agronomic benefits, the use of an undercutter for the first spring fallow weed control operation is strongly recommended.