As I grew up in the 1980’s and 1990’s, I saw the shift in thinking from plowing the soil to leaving the trash in place. By leaving it there, farmers were seeing less erosion and seeing more moisture left in the soil. Over time many systems developed. Some went completely away from tillage (no-till). Some did what they called minimum tillage (min-till). And some did a hybrid of each — they tilled where the seed would be planted and left the area between the rows untouched (strip-till).
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