In this video, Dr. Pete Sexton (SDSU Farm Manager at the Southeastern Research Station Beresford, SD) discusses the pros and cons of no-till versus conventional till. Based on the data, it appears that over several years, average yields between the two systems are no different from each other and that swings are often dependent on weather. What remains consistent, however, is that no-till is a sure-fire way to increase soil health and decrease production costs.
Despite this, the transition to no-till is a steep climb for most conventional farmers – not only in practice, but in mindset. Stay tuned as our next video will feature more from Dr. Sexton on that very topic!