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Why Vertical Tillage?

The Great Plains ‘True Vertical Tillage’ concept provides a system-based approach that focuses on soil health – working the soil vertically to avoid the creation of compaction layers.

Using horizontal tillage techniques can have the opposite effect, creating compaction layers that restricts a plant's root development and nutrient intake – consequently, reducing yield potential. Compaction layers can negatively affect the moisture content and drainage efficiency of the soil, as well as having a detrimental impact on beneficial organisms, like earthworms and microorganisms.

The Great Plains ‘True Vertical Tillage’ concept creates the vertical openings that allows water movement throughout the soil profile and gives roots the freedom to fully develop. In addition, ‘True Vertical Tillage’ practices leave a uniform, unrestricted soil profile in which the plant can develop a healthy, deep root system that will enable it to fully access the soil’s reserves of nutrients and moisture – contributing to a higher yield at harvest. The ‘True Vertical Tillage’ approach also addresses the importance of managing residue effectively, developing and maintaining consistent soil densities, and creating the ideal seedbed.

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