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Impact of tillage in gardens and farm fields

Farm field with plants in rows. The field has been strip tilled.

We get many questions about the impact of tillage in gardens and farm fields.  It is currently thought that all tillage is bad. But that is not what the research says.

Tillage does break down soil structure, but it also stimulates beneficial soil life growth.  This is especially true with starting a new garden or field when you break down the sod by mechanically tilling.

Please watch this video that describes some of the components of soil health and how you can manage your soils to improve the health and conditions of your plants.

You can contact me with further questions related to this topic.

Troy Salzer, Extension educator, St. Louis County
Salze003@umn.edu, office 218-749-7120,   cell 218-591-0478
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