Pros and Cons of No-Tillage Farming

No-Tillage Farming

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Prakash Bakshi
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Prakash Bakshi

The depleting organic content in the soil structure has been a cause of concern for sustainability. Should one not first try to build the organic content first through extensive use of compost and other vegetative matter before shifting to zero tillage ?

Mike Donovan, editor www.farmideas.co.uk
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Mike Donovan, editor www.farmideas.co.uk

Thanks for a useful resume on no-till. I would argue the machinery objection. Most no-till farmers have sold their heavy machinery, and their no-till drills are not always as expensive as you say. Many in the UK and europe find they can divide their farms into a spring (sown after cover crops) and winter sown, reducing seasonable labour. No-till reduces erosion and chemical run-off – see Chesapeake Bay. The system needs these cover crops, the seeds are an added cost. No-tillers have a far less stressful life as there’s much less work to do.

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