Should I switch from conventional till to no-till wheat production?
This is one of the most common questions asked by Oklahoma farmers, but it is also one of the most difficult to answer. There are several considerations to be taken into account when making this decision, and there is certainly no one-size-fits-all program for converting from conventional till to no-till wheat production.
A few factors that should be considered include management intensity, ability to include rotational crops, importance of soil conservation, labor availability and cost, equipment upgrade needs, and fuel cost. Simply put, because of the need to change agronomic practices to meet changing environmental situations, the managerial requirements of a no-till wheat production system are generally greater than that of a conventional till system.
This fact sheet, developed by Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, guides farmers through management considerations when switching to a no-till production system.
Want more information? See the related SARE grant:
- Increasing Sustainability of Southern Great Plains’ Agriculture Through No-till Production Systems (LS06-189)
This material is based upon work that is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture through the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.