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1495: No-till

This paper is taken from HGCA Information Sheet 14 ‘No-till: opportunities and challenges for cereal and oilseed growers’

Year of Publication2012

No-till, means sowing directly into the residues of the previous crop without any prior topsoil loosening with the objective of reducing production costs while maintaining yields and with possible environmental benefits. It demands commitment, time and patience. Drier and more stable soils are best. Aim to operate one main crop establishment system but changing tillage system or cropping at short notice may be necessary. All machinery needs to be used in ways that minimise compaction, especially at harvest. Special attention is needed to maintaining good soil conditions and controlling grass weeds.

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