Increasing Moisture Through Tillage

Increasing Moisture Through Tillage

June 1, 2016

Story provided by Washington State University

Producers are always looking for better ways to work the land. In Washington state, farmer Ron Jirava is experimenting with conservation tillage in winter wheat-fallow. Washington State University shared their findings. 

Jirava is using an undercutter to till his land. In an area that receives only 11.5 inches of rain per year, his goal is to reduce frequency and intensity of tillage. The tool sweep cuts beneath soil with minimum surface disturbance. This farmer has seen a slight increase in yield due to what he has seen as a big increase in moisture, due to using the undercutter. 

Part two of this series continues tomorrow on Market Day Report, where Jirava shares his findings on experimenting with chemical fallow on his land.

Read the complete story from Washington State University.    

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