If consumers are not aware of zero tillage, growing pulse crops and how those practices reduce greenhouse gases, they’re not going to change their buying habits. | File photo

Canada must trumpet sustainable practices

If a no-till field in Saskatchewan stores carbon in the soil and no one in Toronto, Amsterdam or Tokyo hears about it, does the environmental benefit really matter? It probably does matter, but consumers, investors and companies are seeking foods that will make a difference around climate change. If they’re not aware of zero tillage, […] Read more

Soil scientist Ray Archuleta told producers during the Western Canada Conference on Soil Health and Grazing early last month how they can improve their soil.  |  Jeremy Simes photo

Healthy soil depends on zero or minimal till

Prevention of over-grazing and the production of cover crops are also called key to improving soil health

While their methods vary, farmers and ranchers across the Prairies are improving their soils to produce more abundant crops and forages. Farmers gathered during the Western Canada Conference on Soil Health and Grazing Dec. 5, where they shared experiences and learned from other farmers and experts in the field. But in a couple of cases, […] Read more

The Smart-Till uses knives to break up the soil surface.  |  File photo

Seeking solutions to top layer compaction

Vertical tillage, sub-soiler debated | Zero-till farmer says the Smart-Till penetrates the soil and fractures it sideways

MINOT, N.D. — Dustin Williams sat down recently during the Manitoba-North Dakota Zero Tillage Farmers Association’s annual meeting to talk about a topic usually forbidden at zero till conferences. Williams, a former president of the association, bought a Smart-Till vertical tillage implement in 2012 to break up compacted soil on his farm. “I have compaction […] Read more