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Primary and Secondary Tillage
Tillage has come a long way since John Deere developed the first commercially successful, self-scouring steel plow way back in 1837. Today, a farmer can till a field 1,800 times faster than with a spade and 122 times faster than with the plow of the mid-1800s. John Deere leads the way in 21st Century technology.
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Weeds not only rob your fields of soil moisture, but they also steal nutrients from your crop. If left unchecked, they make harvesting more difficult and lower your crop quality. Pre-plant tillage eliminates early season weed flushes. Cultivation cleans up weed escapes, and eliminates herbicide resistant weeds left in the furrow.
Insects and plant diseases can devastate your crop yields. Tillage reduces many insect and plant disease problems by incorporating the residue in which these insects and diseases thrive.
Tillage is a reliable means of incorporating herbicides, nutrients, and animal waste into the soil. Incorporation reduces pesticide runoff, chemical and fertilizer losses, nitrogen volatilization, and odors associated with waste applications.
Maximizing your crop’s yield potential starts with creating an ideal seedbed. A primary tillage pass prepares seedbeds to make it easier for your planter or grain drill. This promotes faster emergence and optimal growing conditions.
The best plant genetics, soil fertility efforts, and herbicide programs cannot overcome the yield reduction created by soil compaction. Tillage eliminates compaction that restricts root growth, and increases soil pore space for air and water to move. It also helps prevent erosion and standing water by improving infiltration.
Tillage is a responsible alternative for managing heavy residue levels. Correct use of tillage sizes or buries residue for optimum equipment operation and faster soil warming. Managing residue responsibly also slows the erosive forces of wind and water