Strategic tillage in no-till systems

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Key Points

  • The occasional strategic till can be a viable management option to minimise constraints from no-till systems without impacting on long-term soil health benefits.
  • Consider the balance between soil erosion and degradation impacts from tilling against short-term profitability.
  • Plan well. Timing is the major factor determining the success of strategic tillage.
  • Watch the weather forecasts. Rainfall after the tillage operation determines the success of strategic till in no-till systems.
  • There is a range of impacts from tilling and they change over time.

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