What is strip-tillage

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Published May 19, 2006 | By admin


What is strip-tillage?


Strip-tillage is defined as less than full-width tillage of varying intensity that is conducted parallel to the row direction. Generally no more than one-fourth of the plow layer is disturbed by this practice. The goal of strip-tillage is to create a seedbed condition in the row that is similar to that achieved by moldboard plowing, while leaving a relatively high amount of crop residue on the inter-row soil surface to reduce erosion.


There are several terms that are synonymous with strip tillage including: zone-tillage, row clearing, and deep zoning. Strip-tillage is often a separate operation, usually conducted in the fall, although some tools and row crop planters are equipped to do strip-tillage in the spring at planting. Many are designed to apply fertilizer simultaneously.


Three major types of strip-tillage can be described by the nature of the tools used and the intensity of the soil disturbance.


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