Why Vertical Tillage?
As stewards of the land, farmers strive to maintain healthy structure season after season, all while maintaining profitability for their operation. The Great Plains ‘True Vertical Tillage’ concept provides a system-based approach that focuses on soil health – working the soil vertically to avoid the creation of compaction layers.
Using horizontal tillage techniques can have the opposite effect, creating compaction layers that restricts a plant's root development and nutrient intake – consequently, reducing yield potential. Compaction layers can negatively affect the moisture content and drainage efficiency of the soil, as well as having a detrimental impact on beneficial organisms, like earthworms and microorganisms.