High Residue Farming Network
This site is for Extension, NRCS and other field personnel to share information on projects, events, and resources related to high residue farming in the irrigated West. For information from a specific state, click on the map.
“High residue farming” is an umbrella term that covers cropping systems in which the volume of the soil that is tilled is reduced in order to maintain residue cover of the soil. No-till, strip-till, ridge-till, conservation tillage and vertical tillage are all variations of high residue farming. Many of these terms describe the type of tillage used (for instance, strip-till) or not used (no-till), and most have other names, such as direct seeding for no-till, or zone tillage for shallow strip-till.
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Transitioning from Conventional to Organic Farming Using Conservation Tillage in Florida University of Florida IFAS Extension. Publication #SS-AGR-11.
Dry farming vegetables: One farmer’s approach to building soil, conserving water and producing great tasting tomatoes
Dry farming vegetables: One farmer’s approach to building soil, conserving water and producing great tasting tomatoes.
No-Till Vegetable Production: Non-Chemical Methods of Cover Crop Suppression and Weed Control. Diver, S. 2002. Appropriate Technology Transfer for Rural Areas. National Center for Appropriate Technology. Fayetteville, AR
Transition to conservation tillage evaluated in San Joaquin Valley cotton and tomato rotations. California Agriculture 62(2). This research, conducted from 1999 to 2003, compared standard and conservation tillage practices, as well as cover cropping and no cover cropping, for tomato and cotton production systems. Results showed that conservation tillage could be used for cotton and tomato production […]
Tillage and Cover Cropping Affect Crop Yields and Soil Carbon in the San Joaquin Valley, California. Agronomy Journal 107(2), pp. 588-596. The purpose of this study was to gain further information on reduced tillage practices on tomatoes and cotton in the rain fed region of San Joaquin Valley, California. Research focused on cover crop biomass and […]
Strip tillage width effects on sunflower seed emergence and yield. Soil and Tillage Research: Volume 131, pp 20-27. This study looked at the impact of strip tillage practices on sunflower yields in Turkey. Three different strip widths were studied as well as different equipment types. This type of conservation tillage is not widely used in Turkey; […]
No-till Vegetable Production – Its Time is Now. Hort Technology 9(3): 373-379. This article gives a quick glimpse into the history of conservation tillage and why vegetable producers remain reluctant to adopt these methods. Approaches to equipment usage and incorporating high residue strategies are explored and a systematic year-round approach is suggested to support successful […]
No-tillage and high-residue practices reduce soil water evaporation. California Agriculture 66(2): 55-61. This study looked at the water conservation value of no-tillage and high-residue farming practices in California. Research results from multiple studies were compiled from around the country and then applied to California soils and crops. No-tillage and high-residue practices both improved water retention and […]
No-herbicide, no-till summer broccoli-quantity of rye and hairy vetch mulch on weed suppression and crop yield
No-herbicide, no-till summer broccoli-quantity of rye and hairy vetch mulch on weed suppression and crop yield. Proc. 24th annual southern conservation tillage conference for sustainable agriculture, Oklahoma City, OK. Pp. 85-94. This research publication focuses on implementing cover cropping in no-herbicide, no-till broccoli, with a focus on the ability of high residue mulch to suppress summer […]
Nitrogen supply from fertilizer and legume cover crop in the transition to no-tillage for irrigated row crops
Nitrogen supply from fertilizer and legume cover crop in the transition to no-tillage for irrigated row crops. Nutrient Cycling in Agroecosystems 85(3), pp 253-262. A resource focusing on irrigated row crops, specifically tomato/corn rotation under traditional and no-till management. Results presented in this study showed that reduced tillage practices proved to be an economically viable option […]