Shatter Soil Shank-to-Shank with this Tillage System

August 15, 2013 09:41 AM

If you begin to transition to vertical tillage this fall, keep in mind it’s not a one-step process or a single tool. It’s a system that takes time to implement and a lot of attention to detail.

A vertical tillage system involves understanding the soil profile, tackling compaction issues, ensuring that each pass achieves the goal of the system, respecting residue cover and providing a well-prepared seedbed for the planter pass, according to Missy Bauer, Farm Journal Associate Field Agronomist. Simply put, a vertical system means managing the entire soil profile for uniformity.

"With a well-managed uniform soil profile, farmers achieve better water infiltration and drainage, quicker soil warm-up for spring planting, efficient use of nutrients, more drought tolerance, and uniform growth and pollination," Bauer says.

Although the benefits sound like a good fit, Bauer reminds farmers that adopting a vertical system is not a one-step process. Check out her recommendations in this video, and her thoughts on how to start the transition to vertical tillage this fall.  



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