Users' questions

Why is no-till agriculture bad?

Why is no-till agriculture bad?

With no-till a farmer has lost the ability to mechanically control weeds through tillage. There is a risk of carrying over plant diseases when crop residue is not incorporated into the soil after harvest. This can act as a host for disease and can infect the following crop.

What does no-till mean in farming?

No-till method of farming requires special equipment (disc seeders or agriculture drills) to make furrows, immediately plant seeds, firm them, and cover (unlike double-passing the field after plowing). This way, the soil suffers from minimum disturbance, as it is dug exactly where the seed is supposed to drop.

How do you do no-till agriculture?

Park Your Plow: 5 Tips for the No-Till-Curious

  1. Spread your residue during fall harvest. Plowing isn’t the only way to prepare a field for next spring’s planting.
  2. Don’t forget about cover crops.
  3. Choose equipment with your end-goal in mind.
  4. Treat no-till adoption as a marathon, not a sprint.
  5. Give us a visit.

What are the pros and cons of no-till?

Here’s a short list of no-till pros and cons.

  • Pro: Savings.
  • Con: Special Equipment Costs.
  • Pro: Water Conservation.
  • Con: Fungal Disease.
  • Pro: Less Herbicide Runoff.
  • Con: More Herbicides.
  • Pro: Higher Crop Yields.
  • Con: You Need Patience.

What are the pros and cons of no till farming?

How much does a no-till planter cost?

As an example, the average charge for planting no-till corn is $18.45 per acre, with a range from $13.00 per acre on the low end to $31.00 per acre on the high end….How Should You Price Custom No-Till Work?

Option Per Acre
Option Per Acre
No-till planting $18.45
No-till planting, with splitters $19.85

What does tilling do to soil?

Since tillage fractures the soil, it disrupts soil structure, accelerating surface runoff and soil erosion. Tillage also reduces crop residue, which help cushion the force of pounding raindrops. Without crop residue, soil particles become more easily dislodged, being moved or ‘splashed’ away.