Strategic tillage in no-till systems
- 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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Region North, South
- 1.77 mb GRDC Tips and Tactics Strategic Tillage in no-till systems 2016 (Web version) No-till farming systems that include minimal soil disturbance and stubble retention offer a wide range of economic, environmental and soil quality advantages compared to conventional tillage systems. However, there is growing evidence that strict no-till is unsustainable due to implications from the lack of soil disturbance.