Tillage is the traditional method of farming not just in the United States but all over the world. This practice allows farmers to reap many benefits, but at the same time, damages the soil and makes it susceptible to erosion.
The consequences of this farming method have encouraged many to think of alternatives. One is the no-till farming method, which has gained popularity among farmers who seek to protect and conserve their soil.
The soil conservation method
The no-till farming method shares the same goal as the traditional practice of tillage: to ready the land for planting. The difference is that the no-till system does not disturb the soil.
For example, in the US, Canada and Australia, farmers have access to no-till drill parts that make their job easier and more profitable.
The process is straightforward: farmers leave the stubble from the previous year’s crop on the topsoil. They then use a planter or drill outfitted with no-till parts to insert the seeds into the ground via a tiny puncture. No-till farmers apply safe and gentle herbicides before and after the seed insertion.
No-till farming is just as viable as the conventional farming method. Plant roots in a no-till field develop as well as in a plowed one.
It also has other benefits. One is that it drastically reduces labor. It is common for farmers following the traditional method to plow the land at least five times. No-till farmers, on the other hand, plant the seeds in a single pass.
Overall, no-till farming benefits not only the farmers but also the consumers and the environment. With more farmers adopting this method, we can expect to see a reduction in soil erosion and its consequences.