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In today’s agricultural economy, producers need to gain every yield advantage. A variety of studies have shown that vertical tillage can help producers attain a higher crop yield. In a five-year Farm Journal study, vertical tillage corn yielded 12.7 more bu./acre than those planted with conventional tillage practices. Without compaction layers to restrict plant growth, plants are free to grow and have the opportunity to obtain more nutrients from the soil, contributing to higher yields.
Without the barriers created by conventional tillage methods, root systems are free to flourish. This root growth allows for more access points to soil nutrients and water – necessities for ideal crop health and higher yields. A sturdy root base also helps crops stand tall and withstand periods of droughts and high winds. With a highly-developed root system in place, crops are better equipped to adapt and tolerate unfavorable conditions, protecting your yield and bottom-line.
To prepare for dry seasons, soils need to be able to absorb and store water, or plants will be unable to grow. Even when adequate water is available, density layers left from conventional tilling can cause water to become trapped, unable to reach the roots of plants, or the water may build up in soil layers and flood out seeds or established crops. By removing compaction layers with a vertical tillage tool, water is free to be distributed throughout the soil and stored until needed.
Producers are constantly looking for ways to save time, conserve resources, reduce expenses, and increase profits. Vertical tillage can help producers achieve results, such as a smooth and level seedbed in one pass, which saves producers time and fuel costs. Over the winter, vertical tillage practices can help the soil retain moisture and nutrients, boosting harvest yields – creating more dollars in your pocket.
As producers rely on the land for their income, it pays to choose agricultural methods that preserve our natural resources. To prevent soil erosion, vertical tillage laces the topsoil with residue and helps hold it into place. This practice also encourages decomposition and restores natural nutrients back into the soil. Similarly, the soil will be able to retain and distribute water as needed. For example, vertical tillage products like the Turbo-Maxâ can help improve water quality and contribute to conservation efforts on HEL land.