Crop Husbandry

Residue management
Residue management starts at harvest when the aim should be to spread the residues as evenly as possible. Residue chopping and stripping are optional for Cross Slot openers, which function perfectly well regardless.

Pest control
Diligent pest and disease management is essential with all no-tillage, which otherwise fits neatly into integrated pest management (IPM) systems.

Weed control
While no-tillage generally enhances weed control, new crop rotations may be appropriate to avoid developing resistance to certain herbicides.

Disease control
Certain diseases thrive on crop residues and must be treated. But the predators of other diseases also thrive in the new biological eco-system and change the incidence of infestation. No-tillers need to learn new management strategies.