"Conservation Tillage" may not be two words that make the heart beat
fast, but "saving thousands" might be.
The current rising trend in fuel prices has encouraged more producers to
look into reduced tillage farming practices made possible by biological soil
management. Because a soil with high biological levels is softer and
plows more easily, farmers are able to adopt reduced tillage methods
they were unable to follow before.
Biologically treated soils plow more easily which means fewer trips
across the field. While it’s no secret every pass you make costs money,
you’d be surprised how quickly the savings add up with each one you
According to the Conservation Technology Center at Purdue University, a
farmer can save at least 3.5 gallons of fuel per acre by going from
conventional tillage methods to no-till.
No-till is a conservation practice that leaves the soil undisturbed from
harvest through planting except for narrow strips that cause minimal
At $2.70 per gallon that's a savings of $4,725 on a five-hundred acre
More complete information on how to reduce farm costs, including biological farming and soil
management techniques to reduce tillage, save fuel and increase crop yields, can be found
online at www.reducefarmcosts.com
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