Managing Tillage Plans

From AgVenture's Seeds for Success Agronomy Update, November 2014

Fall tillage choices directly impact soil quality and productivity, but it is about an entire system, not just an overall choice. AgVenture encourages growers to
consider their entire cropping plan, assessing site specific conditions, soil and water quality considerations, and the crop to be planted in the spring. Fall tillage considerations include:

  • Soil conditions – natural drainage, top soil depth, soil slope, organic matter and soiltexture
  •  Management conditions – residue management, crop rotation, equipment availability and use (combine residue distribution and planter capability to manage different tillage systems), tiling, soil fertility management, and insect/disease history.