Is it Time for You to Try No-till Vegetables?
Posted: November 2, 2010
No-till can also increase organic matter, improve soil health, increase beneficial insects and reduce some insect pests.
I am not saying that if you switch to no-till everything will be rosy. But, I do believe that no-till is under-utilized in vegetable production.
No-till has some drawbacks. For example slugs were a problem in 2009. In order to combat slugs some growers use row cleaners that push the residue away from the seed furrow. Other growers control slugs by applying bait through the insecticide box.
If you are considering no-till, think ahead. You may need to establish a fall cover crop. You will definitely need a planter that is designed for no-tilling and is well maintained. You will also want to reconsider your weed management. Some of the annual weeds you have been fighting will be less of a concern and some weeds that currently are not a problem may appear.
The benefits of no-till are not just reduced costs and soil erosion. No-tilling can result in higher quality produce and improved yield. As a grower of high value crops, you know the value of having consistently high quality and good yield. No-tilling, when done right, can give great results.