Benefits


Compared with tillage and minimum-tillage:-


    Yield depressions are rare - even in the first year.

    Yield increases are very likely - as new management skills are mastered.

    Reduces fuel use - by 50-75% (25-50% compared with minimum tillage).

    Reduces labour - by up to 60%.

    Reduces time in the tractor seat – by up to 50%.

    Reduces costs - by up to 50%.

    More hectares can be farmed with the same resources (= more profit).

    Alternatively, more time is available for management or leisure.

    Machinery replacement and maintenance are less frequent.

    Reduces soil erosion – wind and water.

    Stones are not brought to the surface – they are progressively buried.

    Equipment breakages in stony soils are rare – during tillage they are frequent.

    Reduces soil moisture loss - each tillage operation can loose 12-25 mm of water.

    Reduces irrigation frequency.

    Capital cost is similar to tillage – but operating costs are much less.

    Builds soil organic matter – tillage depletes organic matter.

    Reduces CO2 emissions into the atmosphere by several fold.

    Reduces soil compaction.

    Increases soil trafficability – machinery and stock.

    Enables earlier grazing of new pastures from reduced treading & pulling damage.

 

Cross Slot drills can increase crop yield
Tractors and combine harvesters can not!