Department of Plant Science
A growing interest is evident in minimum tillage, or combined tillage, operations for growing corn. In addition to conventional planters, machines are available commercially which will till-plant, wheel-track plant, hardground list, or strip-process plant. Modifications of these machines and machines for new planting systems that appear periodically on the market reflect the interest among today's farm operators in minimum tillage or reduced tillage.
Any discussion involving minimum tillage requires a definition or explanation of what is meant by the term. To some people it means reducing the number of trips made across the field by combining individual operations into a once-over operation. In this case the number of tillage operations are not reduced, just the number of trips over the field. To others it implies reducing the number of individual operations done in one or several passes over the field.
minimum tillage corn, no-till corn, optimum tillage corn
South Dakota Experiment Station, South Dakota State University
Turnquist, P. K.; Waelit, H.; and Mathison, L. A., "Till Planting of Corn in Eastern South Dakota: Irrigation - Dryland" (1970). Research Bulletins of the South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station (1887-2011). 570.