Growth in conservation agriculture continues
November 15, 2011:
Over the past 20 years Canadian producers have made great strides in the adoption of conservation tillage and no till seeding systems. From 1991 to 2006 the use of these practices to prepare land for seeding increased from 31 percent to 72 percent. Across Canada in 2006 no till was used on 46 percent of the land seeded. It is expected that the 2011 Census will show a further increase in conservation agriculture practices.
Tillage practices that retain crop residues on the soil surface reduce wind and water erosion, improves water quality, increases soil organic matter, increases carbon sequestration and reduces greenhouse gas emissions.