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Tillage Time?

I think we can all agree that the minimum- and no-till production systems much of the Prairies have adopted are a good thing.

It holds the soil down, preventing wind and water erosion, it’s generally an environmental winner and perhaps even more importantly it was an economic home run for growers, dramatically reducing expense and effort by eliminating multiple spring field operations.

At the same time I think it’s important we all acknowledge that it’s a new system. For roughly 12,000 years the human species raised annual grain crops using regular tillage, constantly refining our practices over time. Now that we’ve settled on a new and we think better system of raising our sustenance, is there any reason to think that evolutionary process as we learn more about what we’re doing, and the ins-and-outs of it, should stop?

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