Maximizing Soil Warming and Health Under Different Tillage Practices in a Corn-Soybean Rotation

University of Minnesota/Jodi DeJong-Hughes

This is a multi-state effort involving Minnesota and North Dakota corn and soybean growers. This study is based on the following producer questions: What are the benefits of using chisel plow, vertical tillage and strip till on clay and/or loamy soils; how do I manage residue in each type of tillage system; can I achieve the same yields under all three types of tillage; and how does my choice in tillage practice affect the bottom line of my farming operation? This study is designed to answer these questions and others over the span of four years. All the work will be completed using full-sized equipment to get an accurate representation of each tillage practice and allow producers to visualize the implementation of each practice on their own farm