Farmers who adopt zero tillage (or 'no-till') use direct drilling to sow seeds into the soil without ploughing it. Whilst zero tillage, in combination with mulching/retention of stubbles, can reduce soil erosion, it can also increase reliance on herbicides for pest control. 

The following table provides some resources which may be useful to farmers considering whether to adopt zero tillage on their farms:

 Title  Country  Language  Format Description Link 
 No-Till UK  UK  English Website   Website dedicated to providing information about no-till  http://www.no-till.uk/
No-till farming and how it can benefit soil and water   UK English  Webinar   Webinar about an Innovative Farmers' trial on no-till   https://groundswellag.com/no-till-farming-and-how-it-can-benefit-soil-and-water/
 Direct drilling: best-practice information sheet UK   English Factsheet   Factsheet about no-till and how to make it a success https://www.theriverstrust.org/media/2017/04/Pinpoint-24.0-Cultivation-techniques-to-protect-soils-Direct-drilling.pdf 
 Threats to soil quality in Denmark Denmark   English  Report  Report about the threats facing soils in Denmark; chapter 8 covers tillage practices   https://orgprints.org/18446/1/18446.pdf
 Benefits for soil and yield: direct drilling UK   English Video   Video of a farmer explaining his transition to a direct drilling system  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XBdruGJzkYA
 No-till 101 USA  English  Website   Information on no-till systems  https://www.no-tillfarmer.com/topics/88-no-till-101

 

Weed management is extremely important in agriculture, as weed infestations can ruin the target crop. Two variants are often distinguished, i.e. chemical weed control and mechanical/biological weed control. The first variant makes use of herbicides, while the second variant makes use of mechanical weeding,  ploughing and target crop rotations. The best option is often a combination of the two: integrated weed management. Proper selection of crops in rotation may greatly contribute to weed suppression.  The table below provides links to existing practical information on the use of SICS weed management techniques. 

 Title  Language Country   Format  Description  Link
Crop rotation and its ability to suppress perennial weeds  EN  UK  Report    http://www.agricology.co.uk/resources/people-skills-rotations-organic-matter-cereals-oil-seeds-pulses-crop-nutrition-fertility

 

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Intercropping Intercropping is defined as the growth of more than one crop species or cultivar simultaneously in the same field during a growing season. The table below provides links to existing practical information on the use of cover crops in agriculture. 

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 Title Language Country Format  Description  Link
Guidelines for Intercropping EN USA Website American webpage with comprehensive links on intercropping.

http://www.sare.org/Learning-Center/Books/Crop-Rotation-on-Organic-Farms/Text-Version/Guidelines-for-Intercropping

The potential for companion cropping and intercropping on UK arable farms

 EN  UK Website, Report Webpage with information and link to a PDF resource: 'Nuffield Farming Scholarships Trust Report'.  http://www.agricology.co.uk/resources/agroforestry-people-skills-cereals-oil-seeds-pulses/potential-companion-cropping-and

 

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Minimum Tillage is a production system in which soil cultivation is kept to the minimum necessary for crop establishment and growth.  The table below provides links to existing practical information on the use of minimum tillage in agriculture.

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 Title Language Country Format  Description  Link
Cultivation techniques to protect soils EN UK Fact sheet Provides steps to success and a farmer case study http://www.theriverstrust.org/media/2017/04/Pinpoint-23.0-Cultivation-techniques-to-protect-soils-Minimum-tillage.pdf
Minimum tillage EN UK Technical Note Technical requirements for minimum tillage and three farmer case studies https://www.sruc.ac.uk/downloads/download/583/tn553_minimum_tillage
Soils 3: Compaction EN UK website, videos,  Farmers Academy webpage with videos and information on compaction.

https://www.fwi.co.uk/academy/lesson/soils-3-compaction

Minimum Tillage Guide

EN UK Guidance document Guidance on minimum tillage from Kuhn Farm Machinery company

http://www.kuhn.co.uk/internet/prospectus.nsf/0/

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Minimum tillage with imported poultry litter and crop rotations EN  UK  Farmer case study The effects and costs on a farm of implmenting minimum tillage over 10 years http://gya.co.uk/docs/Case%20study%2028.pdf

 

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Green manures are fast growing plants that are grown to cover bare soil.  They suppress weeds, protect soil from erosion and add structure.  The table below provides links to existing practical information on the use of green manures in agriculture.

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 Title Language Country Format  Description  Link
Sort Out Your Soil: a practical guide to Green Manures EN UK Guidance document Guide to green manure management and species details

https://www.cotswoldseeds.com/files/cotswoldseeds/

Cotswold_Green_Manures_final.pdf

Green Manures EN UK Website Royal Horitcultural Society webpage providing cultivating and selecting advice.

 https://www.rhs.org.uk/advice/profile?PID=373

GREATsoils Videos/Webinars

 

EN UK Video AHDB website providing information in the form of videos including some featuring green manures.  https://horticulture.ahdb.org.uk/greatsoils-videoswebinars

Green Manures - species selection

EN UK Fact sheet Horticulture Development Company factsheet on types of green manures.

http://www.organicresearchcentre.com/manage/authincludes/

article_uploads/iota/technical-leaflets/green-manures-species-selection.pdf

Green manures - effects on soil nutrient management and soil physical and biological properties

EN UK Fact sheet Horticulture Development Company factsheet on effects of green manures on soils.

http://www.organicresearchcentre.com/manage/authincludes/

article_uploads/iota/technical-leaflets/green-manures-effects-on-soil-nutrient-management-and-soil-physical-and-biological-properties.pdf

 

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