University of Manitoba: Natural Systems Agriculture: No-till
University of Manitoba Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences Department of Plant Science

No-till: Growing
Crops without Tilling the Soil

No-till or zero-tillage farming mimics the natural system by leaving soils mostly undisturbed. When soil is not tilled, changes include an increase in soil life, increases in soil carbon content and a change in the way nutrients cycle in the soil.

While no-till cropping is only a small step toward natural systems agriculture, is it an important one. The trend toward no-till cropping is sweeping the globe and is now practiced in most countries in the world.

There is also increasing interest in developing no-till organic cropping systems and we are currently exploring those possibilities.




Review: Redesigning Canadian prairie cropping systems for profitability, sustainability, and resilience. Thiessen Martens, J. R., Entz, M. H. and Wonneck, M. D. 2015.


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This page created October 2005.
Last updated September 2016.