What is vertical tillage?

Vertical tillage is an agricultural practice designed to manage soil compaction and residue while promoting soil health. Unlike traditional tillage methods that horizontally slice through the soil, vertical tillage involves the use of implements that cut vertically into the soil. This technique reduces soil compaction, enhances water infiltration, and aids in the breakdown of crop residue.

Developed to address the negative impacts of conventional tillage, vertical tillage helps preserve soil structure by minimizing soil disturbance. It involves the use of specialized equipment such as coulters, disc blades, and rolling baskets. These tools cut through the soil and residue, creating a rough surface that improves seed-to-soil contact and promotes root growth.

Mandako, a leading manufacturer of agricultural machinery, offers several vertical tillage implements designed to optimize field conditions. The Mandako Storm Vertical Tillage machine, for example, is renowned for its efficiency in managing crop residue and enhancing soil aeration.

Vertical tillage is particularly beneficial in fields with heavy residue from crops like corn and soybeans. It is also effective in preparing seedbeds, managing weed growth, and incorporating cover crops. By maintaining a balance between soil disturbance and residue management, vertical tillage contributes to sustainable farming practices and improved crop yields.

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