What is No-Till Drilling?
No-till drilling is one of a handful of conservation tillage techniques that reduce soil disturbance to decrease erosion and soil run-off. Other less aggressive forms of this practice include strip-tillage, ridge-tillage, and zone-tillage. Unlike traditional chisel plow planting methods, no-till systems loosen narrow, shallow strips of soil into existing plant residue with a conservation planter or seed drill, depending on the crop. For those converting to no-till from a traditional tillage system, there are a number of factors to consider to ensure the success of the practice, and the benefits no-till offers will take time to observe. Some of these practices include being more mindful of weed control and compaction.
As outlined by SARE, no-till drilling offers the following soil health benefits:
Reduced soil disturbance
Requires fewer trips over the field
Reduces energy use
Provides more surface residue cover and erosion protection
How Do Our Farmers Use Them?
Read about how Joe Stapleton transitioned to 100% no-till from his August 2021 field day.
Read how Novak Farms builds soil health using no-till from their September 2022 field day.