The cultivation of soil takes time, uses fuel and most importantly triggers the release of CO2 contained within the soil. No-Till farming is a low disturbance practice which avoids these issues. The reduction in fuel usage a low or no till system brings, not only saves farmers money but also reduces the amount of pollution and greenhouse gasses coming from the tractors exhaust. The fact that the Dale Drills’ range of seed drills are relatively easy to pull (min 20hp/m) further reduces the emissions as a smaller lower power tractor can be used.
No-Till Farming Lowers Your Carbon Footprint
A reduction in cultivations also prevents the release of CO2 from the soil. Not only does this benefit the environment through the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, but it also improves the soil health as the carbon in the soil fuels the flora and fauna within. Soils with higher carbon levels are more resilient in extreme weather conditions, helping to retain moisture in dry times, improving drainage in wetter times.
Bring Life Back To Your Soil
No Till systems have also been proven to increase the population of soil dwelling creatures such as earthworms, as the habitat they are living in remains relatively undisturbed. Increasing earthworm numbers in soils increases the porosity of soils as the earthworms cut channels through the soil. This additional porosity improves drainage of soils whilst also ensuring there is sufficient air within the soil for healthy root development.
Mycorrhizal Fungi living in soils, have been proven to help many species of plant through a symbiotic relationship. The fungi can harvest nutrients such as Phosphorus and provide it directly to the roots of the plant. Within No Till Soils Mycorrhizal Fungi can thrive as its growth is not disturbed by cultivations, the larger organisms able to mine nutrient from a greater volume of soil to be provided to the growing crops.