A New Frontier: The No-Till Agricultural Revolution in Australia

agricultural machinery worksThe idea of ‘no-till farming’ may sound like a dull concept at first, but the new agricultural technique is an exciting prospect for people in the industry and quickly gaining traction in Australia. Part of the appeal lies in the fact that it allows farmers to grow new crops every year without resorting to tillage or ploughing. No-till farming is, in fact, the new buzz word among experts since it makes soil health a priority and helps reduce instances of soil erosion.

No-Tillage Techniques Minimise Disruption of the Soil

In the late seventies, farmers had difficulty cultivating their fields due to the arid climate and the extent of wind erosion in the area. Sometime in the nineties, a group of farmers tried out a new no-tilling technique to farm their lands. Their technique allowed for minimal soil disruption without having to resort to conventional methods, such as ploughing the field and disturbing the soil. As a result, the no-till revolution was born, and it transformed the entire rural landscape.

A More Sustainable Type of Farming that Reduces Land Degradation

Why are more Australian farmers quick to embrace non-conventional methods of doing farming? Studies show that tillage or ploughing leads to a higher risk of soil erosion. Additionally, churning up large amounts of soil can lead to the release of a higher amount of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Due to its environmental benefits, farmers have begun to incorporate no-till farming techniques into their farming practice.

Conventional Farming Is still an Indispensable Part of Australian Agriculture

The rise of the no-till agricultural movement does not mean that conventional farming has already come to an end. Experts believe that old farming methods will be hard to dismiss as farmers still rely heavily on the mechanised tillage operations and power harrow bars to get the job done right. In fact, they believe that conventional practices will continue to evolve together with other innovative practices, from the formulation of better herbicides to the advances in tilling machinery.

Australian farmers are rethinking their farming systems after the rise of the no-till agricultural movement, but a large majority are finding the use of a combination of till and no-till farming the best option. After all, tillage-based agriculture still plays a crucial role in farming since it led to the improvement of yields and better farming accuracy compared to previous years.