Conservation Tillage

Managing the amount, orientation, and distribution of crop and other plant residue on the soil surface year-round while limiting soil-disturbing activities to those necessary to place nutrients, condition residue, and plant crops.

PURPOSES

  • Reduce sheet and rill erosion.
  • Reduce wind erosion.
  • Improve soil organic matter content.
  • Reduce CO2 losses from the soil.
  • Reduce energy use
  • Increase plant-available moisture.
  • Provide food and escape cover for wildlife.

Conservation Tillage