For farmers across the country, it comes as no surprise to hear that conservation tillage practices — particularly continuous no-till — can save time and money compared to conventional tillage.
There are countless benefits to the land, the farmer and the environment from adopting a no-till system.
Compost can greatly enhance the physical structure of soil.
Thanks to its many attributes, compost is extremely versatile and beneficial in many applications. Compost has the unique ability to improve the properties of soils and growing media physically (structurally), chemically (nutritionally), and biologically. Although some equate the benefit of compost use to lush green growth, caused by plant-available nitrogen, the real benefits of using compost are long-term and related to its organic matter content.
When used in sufficient quantities, the addition of compost has both an immediate and long-term positive impact on soil structure. It resists compaction in fine textured soils, increases water holding capacity and improves soil aggregation in coarse-textured (sandy) soils.
Although often seen as a good source of nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium, compost also contains a considerable variety of macro and micronutrients essential for plant growth.