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Tillage practices

There are a large number of more or less well defined tillage systems for soil preparation and crop establishment. A common approach is to group these according to whether or not they involve ploughing, giving two main groups; ploughed and ploughless tillage. A third main group that is generally recognised is direct drilling, where the seed drill is the only tillage implement used.

Ploughing on field

Conventional tillage

Cope better with a poor crop rotation than ploughless systems, although a good rotation brings major advantages even when the plough is used.

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Minimum tillage

Minimum tillage works well for most soils and climates.

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Direct drilling with Rapid 400C

Direct drilling

Direct drilling is most competitive in dry areas.

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