The less you spend on planting and caring for your crops, the more you will profit at the end of the season.
When it comes to comparing the advantages and disadvantages of no till farming, one of the primary benefits of no till farming is lower costs.
In no till farming, you plant your crops without tilling (plowing) the soil. Crops from the previous season are left in place, and a no till drill or planter cuts through the debris to cut a V-shaped seed furrow. The same machinery places the seeds and closes the furrow.
No Till Lowers Labor Costs
Because you only have to pass through the field once with no till planting, versus three to five times with conventional tillage, there is a significant reduction in your labor. This efficiency might allow you to plant more crops in a season and/or drastically reduce your labor costs.
No Till Lowers Fuel And Equipment Costs
Fewer passes across the field also means lower fuel costs and less wear and tear on your equipment.
No Till Requires Less Seeds
The precision of no till planting allows you to plant the same amount of crops with less seeds.
No Till Requires Less Water
When previous year’s crop residue is left on the surface of the soil, the cover helps prevent the loss of soil moisture, especially in dry or drought conditions.
No Till Produces Higher Crop Yields
No till planting also leads to higher soil quality and productivity, which can lead to higher crop yields. So, if you compare your costs – per ton or bushel of crop yield – between no till and conventional tillage, the cost savings become even more dramatic.
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