Reference Type: Electronic Resource
Title: Strip-Tillage in California’s Central Valley
Primary Authors: Mitchell, Jeff ; Shrestha, Anil ; Campbell-Mathews, Marsha ; Giacomazzi, Dino; Goyal, Sham; Bryant, Dennis ; Hererra, Israel
Published: 2009, University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Abstract: Strip-tillage is a form of conservation tillage that clears crop residues in a narrow zone of soil and loosens subsoil layers prior to planting. This tillage zone is typically 8 to 12 inches wide and 2 to 14 inches deep, depending on the implement that is used Strip-tillage decreases both the volume of soil that is disturbed and the amount of dust that is typically generated in intercrop tillage, and it also reduces fuel, labor, and equipment costs when compared with traditional broadcast tillage. It also provides opportunities for band application of surface-incorporated herbicides and fertilizers at different depths prior to seeding. Because only a relatively small volume of soil is tilled using strip tillage, it is often also called “zone” or “vertical” tillage. This tillage system requires a strip-tillage implement as well as several other key changes in an overall cropping system to be successful.
Ag Matters Catalog ID: 422