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Conservation Tillage

Tractor tilling field.

Conservation tillage is a practice that sizes residue for breakdown, minimizes soil disturbance and increases organic matter. Through this practice, producers are able to make less passes across the field and reduce nutrient runoff. Conservation tillage is becoming more widespread across the state due to its cost effectiveness and its reduction of soil erosion while still managing residue. Many farmers who enjoy spending time working ground, but don’t want to totally destroy soil structure also find this a reasonable substitute to more traditional tillage methods.

Tillage Tools on the Market Today:

(Click brand names to be directed to manufacturer's website.)

  1. Turbo-Max

  2. Widths range from 8.5 to 40 feet

  3. Seeder attachment available for cover crops

  4. Hydraulically adjustable finish reel

  5. Sub Soiler

  6. No-Till shanks available

  7. Different point options

  8. 12”-16” working depth

  1. Vertical Tillage

  2. 22’ to 47’ widths

  3. 3 different blade options

  4. 2 different models available

  5. In-Line Rippers

  6. 3 models available

  7. Differing shank spacing

  8. Adjustable residue management

  9. Strip-Till

  10. Can be equipped to apply nutrients

  11. Dry fertilizer

  12. Anhydrous

  13. 2 models available

  14. Differing row spacing

  15. Differing widths

  16. Need RTK guidance to operate

  1. Vertical Tillage

  2. 2 models available

  3. Adjustable gang angles

  4. Hydraulically adjustable finishing baskets

  5. Different widths available for different size farms

  6. Rippers

  7. No-Till Rippers are available

  8. Different width and spacing

  9. Different point options with each model

  1. Vertical Tillage

  2. 8 models

  3. 11’ to 50’ working widths

  4. Mechanically adjustable gang angles

  5. Blades designed to cut through GMO residue

  6. Strip Tillage

  7. 2 different models

  8. One designed to apply nutrients

  9. One designed to only till

  10. Need RTK guidance to operate

  11. Different row widths and numbers

  12. Designed to apply dry or liquid fertilizer

This information is provided as a public service and constitutes no endorsement by Butler Soil and Water Conservation District of any company listed. While an effort has been made to provide a complete and accurate listing of companies and their tillage pieces, omissions or other errors may occur and, therefore, other available sources of information should be considered.

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