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What it is

Performing no full-width tillage from the time of harvest or termination of one cash crop to the time of the harvest or termination of the next cash crop in the rotation, regardless of the depth of the tillage operation.

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How it helps

  • Crop residue prevents soil erosion, protects water quality, improves soil tilth and adds organic matter to the soil as it decomposes
  • When soil is left undisturbed, microbial activity increases which helps build soil structure and improve soil health
  • Helps form root channels and other near-surface voids that increase water infiltration
  • Sequesters additional carbon in the soil
  • Reduces particulate emissions, which improves air quality
  • Reduces soil compaction, requires less energy use and saves money through fewer inputs
  • Increases plant-available moisture
  • Provides food and escape cover for wildlife
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Planning ahead

  • Will your crop produce enough residue?
  • Do you have the needed equipment?
  • Is no-till part of your planned system of conservation measures?
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Maintenance

In areas of heavy residue accumulation due to movement from water or wind, spread the residue prior to planting to reduce plant operation interference.

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Crop residue prevents soil erosion, protects water quality, improves soil tilth and adds organic matter to the soil as it decomposes. When soil is left undisturbed, microbial activity increases, helping build soil structure and improving soil health. No-till helps form root channels and other near-surface voids that increase water infiltration. It also helps sequester additional carbon in the soil.

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