Description of practice

No tillage is a soil management practice where, except for a small furrow for planting and/or placement of fertilizers, the soil is not disturbed by tillage. Ideally, residues from previous crops remain on the soil surface and weeds are managed by other means than burying/tillage. The main goal is erosion control through better soil structure and soil surface cover.

Examples of how to use no tillage Further information
(see Note below)

AMP07 01

Direct drilling

Specialist direct seed drills place the seeds in the residues of the previous crop without the need for ploughing.


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AMP07 02

No-till perennial cropping

In an orchard under no tillage only occasional use is made of disc-ploughing, mowing, grazing or herbicide application for weed control.


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AMP07 03

Animal draft zero tillage

An animal drawn mechanical planter is used to plant directly in untilled soil to minimize soil disturbance and leave a cover of crop residues to conserve the soil and water.


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Note: Most of the Further information links are to a full description of the example in the WOCAT database. However sometimes the link may be to similar practices or a research paper. Occasionally the link is to a commercial product in which case it should be understood that this does not imply any endorsement of the product by iSQAPER.

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