Agriculture is a major industry in the United States. As a result, farming is a major source of income for many people across the country. Despite this, many farmers still struggle with choosing the best practice that will generate a much-appreciated boost of produce.
Fortunately, farmers are becoming more aware of no-till agriculture—one of the most efficient methods of increasing produce. Those who are interested in the relatively new method will benefit from the following tips.
Maintain Sufficient Cover
Farmers should maintain a reasonable residue layer—dead plant parts from the previous crops—to protect the soil from direct sunlight and heat. This cover prevents ground moisture from evaporating, consequently allowing the surface to retain sufficient soil dampness for a longer duration.
Practice Crop Rotation
Crop rotation, along with no-till and cover crops, results in better efficiency in farming. It is the farming technique of planting different crops in the same soil, alternating between crops after harvest. Its benefits include minimized pests and diseases as well as diversity in the cropping system.
Furthermore, continuous crop rotation leads to a better distribution of nutrients in the soil. It also makes weed control an easier task.
Use Proper Equipment
Regardless of what technique a farmer uses, they need to use proper equipment. These include tractors, drills, planters, seeders, sprayers, and other tools needed for farming. Having said that, farmers will have an easier time if they own the equipment rather than borrow or lease—they can use it anytime, avoiding delays.
Avoid Planting between Old Rows
Avoid planting seeds between old rows—these are biologically active areas that may stunt the growth of the current crops because of the decaying roots from the previous batch. As such, it is wise to leave a few inches of space between the crops for them to grow healthy.
The no-till farming technique is a great way to improve efficiency in the field. Keep these tips in mind when you start with no-till. Eventually, you will see positive results.