Save on Fuel with Less Tillage

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By titanoutlet November 19, 2012 16:52

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Fuel prices have been up and the ground is dry thanks to a devastating, nationwide drought. The dry conditions will help with compaction – meaning you might want to spend less time tilling your fields this fall. You’ll save on fuel costs and reduce your soil erosion at the same time.

From Farm Progress/Wallace’s farmer (really cool .pdf of their print magazine instead of link to their website):

This fall, the negative effects of conventional tillage are amplified by the likelihood of soil moisture loss. Minimizing field operations can be the fi rst step toward maintaining soil quality while reducing fuel consumption and fuel costs. After harvest, evaluate your tillage needs and consider using fewer tillage operations to reduce expenses and equipment depreciation.
“Average fuel prices have been relatively high the past two years,” notes Mark Hanna, Iowa State University Extension ag engineer. “Fuel, labor and tillage needs for crop acres should be evaluated very carefully to ensure that any expenses are providing adequate returns.”

If you’re going to try this reduced tillage method, start out with fields you plan to plant soybeans in in the Spring. The article also mentions that if you till at a more shallow depth, you’ll spend less on fuel than deep tilling.

Some other tips from the article: choose wisely – a chisel plow is more fuel efficient than a ripper, and a field cultivator is more efficient than a chisel plow. Using a higher gear and reducing engine speed will help boost your fuel efficiency as well.

Be sure to see the article for the rest of the tips.

-Al Winmill, Titan Outlet Store Team

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By titanoutlet November 19, 2012 16:52
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