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Reducing climatic and disease risks through minimum tillage systems for vegetables

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UMass Extension
Reducing climatic and disease risks through minimum tillage systems for vegetables
Project Description: 

Reduced and modified tillage (RT) systems (e.g. no-, zone-, strip) represent strategies to reduce soil degradation and erosion and protect water quality. Previous research has shown that these tillage systems can provide the environmental and economic benefits of a RT system for many vegetable crops without the harvest delays or losses observed in straight no-till. Reduced Tillage systems can improve both, soil quality and soil drainage, potentially reducing Phytophtora blight among other soil borne pathogens. Growers who have tried deep-zone tillage (DZT) have observed that crops grown also appear to withstand drought more successfully than conventionally tilled fields.

We are worked with Cornell Extension and local growers who tried DZT, to evaluate the benefits and potential hurdles associated with this system.  

Timeframe: 2010 - 2013

Funded by: Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education

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Reducing climatic and disease risks through minimum tillage systems for vegetables
Reducing climatic and disease risks through minimum tillage systems for vegetables
Reducing climatic and disease risks through minimum tillage systems for vegetables
Reducing climatic and disease risks through minimum tillage systems for vegetables
Agriculture topics: 
Diseases
Tillage
Vegetables
Water topics: 
Watershed & Water Quality