Rebuilding soil health year after year
Tilling the soil is actually a relatively new practice in the long history of cultivating crops, but no-till, reduced-till and vertical tillage systems are making a comeback. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Census data estimates that approximately 70 percent of U.S. soybean acres use some form of conservation tillage.
Having weed control and fertilizer programs in place are critical for farmers using conservation tillage. This includes clearing fields of weeds ahead of planting by carefully applying herbicides to kill weeds that may be emerging.
Leaving stubble in the field after harvest to breakdown and become part of the soil is an important conservation tillage practice.
Conservation tillage impacts fields, farms and more
Conservation tillage practices include no-till and reduced-till systems. By not disturbing the soil, farmers allow organic material to decompose into the soil.
Less disruption, more benefits
By disturbing the soil as little as possible, farmers, crops and the environment all benefit.