The Importance of Quality Continuous No-tillage

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About the webinar

No-till on the Plains and GeoAgro are pleased to invite you to this inaugural webinar for the No-till University. The vision for the No-till University project came about because of the need and a desire to have top-quality information at the fingertips of producers worldwide so that continuous no-tillage (CNT) production will continue to expand and increase in quality. Its initial deployment is being funded by a Conservation Innovation Grant awarded by the USDA NRCS Oklahoma State Office.

In this inaugural Speech, Dr. Rolf Derpsch will give an overview of present issues and opportunities for no-till adoption in the United States.

Currently no-tillage has reached a plateau and in many cases is not sustainable. Under current practices it seems difficult to move the system a step further. This presentation will deal with the different aspects that differentiate practices currently being applied in no-tillage technologies and quality continuous no-till. It will analyze the reasons why farmers in the US are using rotational tillage and show why permanent no-till systems with full stubble retention show advantages over the traditional system.

Also, we will review some examples of poor quality no-till being applied by farmers and will address the necessary steps to be able to move no-tillage to the next level and make it a truly sustainable agricultural system.

We hope that you can join us, please click on the registration link to participate in this webinar.

This material is based upon work supported by the Natural Resources Conservation Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under number 68-7335-0-40. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Panelists & Participants

Presenter: Dr. Rolf Derpsch

Panelists included:

  • Ed Di Pollina, GeoAgro Team Leader
  • Brian Lindley, No-till on the Plains Executive Director

Video recording

Part 1 - Introduction

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Part 2 - The importance of continuous quality No-tillage 1

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Part 3 - Questions and Polls 1

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Part 4 - The importance of continuous quality No-tillage 2

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Part 5 - Questions 2

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The following polls were carried out during the webinar:

It is unavoidable to plow the soil to redistribute P concentrated at the soil surface or to incorporate lime in a NT situation


In a No-tillage system it is good to bale and sell part of the crop residues to have an additional income


To achieve the goal of quality no-tillage the most important thing is to apply a lot of fertilizer


Farmers in the US use rotational tillage because