Tillage management can be applied to agricultural soil to minimise the frequency or intensity of tillage operations which are currently associated with organic matter decline, high energy use, erosion and loss of biodiversity. A number of tillage management practices may be considered beneficial to soil, such as reduced tillage (minimum and zero tillage) or traffic management. SoilCare has tested some innovative soil cultivation practices to improve soil quality.  The results of the SoilCare experiments can be viewed by clicking on the fact sheets below.

 

SoilCare experiment results - Fact sheets

 

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 Czech Republic: Effects of tillage and fertilisation on crops.      Belgium: Soil cultivation and cover crops  

 Greece: Effects of tillage practices on soil erosion in olive groves

   Italy: Conservation tillage and deep rooting tillage radish to alleviate compaction
    Read this experiment factsheet in German here   Read this experiment factsheet in Greek here.     Read this experiment factsheet in Italian here.  
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UK cultivation

  Hungary cultivation
Spain: SICS, including minimum tillage, for improving soil health   Spain: Irrigation, no-till, and cover crops for improving soil health    UK: No-till farming for alleviating soil compaction     Hungary: Monitoring and analysis of soil cultivation
Download this factsheet in Spanish here   Download this factsheet in Spanish here        

 

Further existing practical information on rotations, cover crops and intercropping that will be of interest to farmers can be found below. 

 Minimum tillage

 Zero tillage

 Managing trafficking