Water is a precious resource in farming, one which becomes even more valuable during dry or droughty conditions.
One of the primary benefits of no till farming, versus conventional tillage, is water conservation.
With no till planting, the soil is never plowed or tilled. The previous season’s crops are left in place, and no till drill or planter equipment cuts through the debris to make a seed furrow, place the seeds, firm the seeds and then close the furrow.
The soil is only barely disturbed, which leads to more fertile, resilient soils that have higher water-holding capacity. Soil pores serve as the conduits for water, and with no till, there is less clogging of the pores, which means water can flow even more freely.
Those crop residues that are left behind in no till farming also play an incredibly important role in both water usage and conservation.
Here are some of the ways in which the crop residue can impact water and soil:
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