Description of practice
Minimum tillage is a soil conservation practice that aims to reduce soil disturbance to the minimum necessary for successful crop production while not turning the soil over. It is a contrast to intensive tillage which changes the soil structure using ploughs.
|Examples of how to use minimum tillage
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Minimizing tillage operations
Tillage is reduced to a combined, one-pass seedbed preparation and sowing operation. Additional shallow stubble cultivation may be used after harvesting.
Non-inversion tillage is a tillage method that does not turn the soil over. Usually only the upper 10-18 cm of the soil surface is tilled.
Alternate inter-row minimum tillage in vineyards
Minimum tillage in vineyards is performed in alternate inter-row zones, to prevent soil compaction and maintain partial vegetation cover.
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