Reduced Tillage

Reduced tillage is challenging, but you’ll benefit from it!


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Soil degradation through ploughing
Reduced tillage, lower cultivation depth
Reduced tillage can significantly contribute to soil quality and fertility. By avoiding a deep and intense loosening of the soil, the soil structure and soil biology is better conserved and humus decomposition is slowed down. Furthermore, the load capacity, erosion sensitivity and water household of the soil are improved. However, avoiding the use of a plough brings certain challenges, especially in organic farming. For example, weed pressure can increase or nutrient supply can become insufficient. This leaflet shows benefits and challenges of reduced tillage. It presents various methods, application examples and machines that are suitable for a sustainable soil treatment in organic farming.
Soil quality and fertility, Weed management
German language

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