American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A system for planting crops without plowing, using herbicides to control weeds and resulting in reduced soil erosion and the preservation of soil nutrients.
“They reward those who adopt so-called "no-till" agriculture - which creates less land disturbance, and therefore less carbon emissions - and many are already doing so.”
“One reason for this achievement was a shift to minimum - and no-till cultural practices on roughly two fifths of U.S. cropland.”
“For 15 years, Eddie Anderson, a farmer, has been a strict adherent of no-till agriculture, an environmentally friendly technique that all but eliminates plowing to curb erosion and the harmful runoff of fertilizers and pesticides.”
“There are other benefits as well, such as increased soil carbon sequestration through no-till techniques, and crops like Bt cotton that dramatically lower pesticide use.”
“Besides following organic standards, Cayuga employs no-till farming, crop rotation, and on-farm composting.”
“Someone also needs to get the word out that Waxman-Markey also sets up a senerio where ag producers can get carbon credits if they switch or have recently switched to no-till crop production, taken highly erodible land out of crop production and planted it to grass or instituted some for of pasture management.”
“And that knowledge, and his wisdom, have helped me make a lot of decisions on what to buy for the restaurants—not just organic beans, for example, but no-till beans, which are difficult to cultivate, but can be grown without devastating the soil.”
“They lessen the need for chemical pesticides and make possible more environment-friendly agronomic practices such as no-till farming, which causes less soil erosion and runoff and releases less CO2 to the atmosphere.”
“Vyn said he was stunned by the large amounts of nitrous oxide his team detected in the air above the plowed fields compared with those that had long been farmed using the erosion-fighting no-till approach.”
“The three-year, federally funded Purdue University study looked at the amount of nitrous oxide released by no-till fields compared to plowed fields.”
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