No-till: opportunities and challenges for cereal and oilseed growers

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What is ‘no-till’?

No-till, also known as direct drilling or zero tillage (conservation tillage in the USA and Australia), means sowing directly into the residues of the previous crop without any prior topsoil loosening.

The objective of no-till is to reduce production costs, while maintaining or increasing yields (with possible added environmental benefits).

Information Sheet 14 provides an overview of the key advantages and disadvantages associated with no-till. It also explains how the approach effects crop yields, soil, as well as pest, disease and weed risks.

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