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Tillage and soil management



Soil compaction video series

1. Soil Compaction. This video describes soil compaction, its effects, and a few ways to avoid compaction.

2. Soil structure: A natural defense against soil compaction

3. Tracks and tires.
This video discusses how to manage wheel traffic to reduce soil compaction, tracks and tires, proper tire inflation, and the benefits of controlled traffic.

4. Proper tire inflation

Tillage, traction and compaction
This video discusses soil compaction alleviation and the importance of soil structure and demonstrates the impact of deep tillage implements (moldboard plow, zone till and a disk ripper).

Erosion control

Wind erosion processes – NDSU and UMN Soil Health

Erosion: Field examples – NDSU and UMN Soil Health

Land rolling and residue management


Upper Midwest Tillage Guide

The Upper Midwest Tillage Guide is a collaboration between University of Minnesota Extension and North Dakota State University.

Cropping systems

Continuous corn

Corn–soybean rotations

Small grains

Tillage and nutrient management

Deep banding of nutrients
Advantages of deep banding fertilizer phosphorus (P) and potassium (K) are discussed by Dr. Dave Franzen, NDSU, in this video.

Shallow tillage
Dr. Francisco Arriaga, University of Wisconsin, demonstrates effect of shallow tillage on the soil profile and residue incorporation and discusses fertilizer P placement, protecting the soil surface, and mechanics of soil erosion.

Shallow tillage and nitrogen volatilization
Marla Riekman, Manitoba Agriculture, describes nitrogen volatilization differences between surface-applied and shallow tillage incorporated urea.

Soil fertility and reducing tillage
Dr. Dave Franzen (North Dakota State University) and Jodi DeJong–Hughes (University of Minnesota) discuss soil fertility considerations in reduced tillage systems at the Conservation Tillage Conference, 2014.

Soil and water quality management

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