The best advice on tillage during a drought may be: avoid it. When soils are dry, you should do everything you can to conserve remaining moisture. This may mean holding off on plowing, disking and cultivating so as not to disturb soils and let moisture escape in the process. Keep in mind that any operation that brings soil up to the surface may worsen conditions.
The guidelines at right offer some general considerations. For advice specific to your crops and drought conditions, contact your county Extension agent.GENERAL GUIDELINES
Your county agricultural agent
"Planting for Conservation Tillage," (A3396);
"Row Crop Cultivators," (A3483); "Optimum Corn Planting Practices," (A3264);
"Conservation Tillage for Corn," (A3091);
"Making Conservation Tillage Work for Corn Production on Your Soil Type," (A3386);
"Managing Drought-Stressed Corn and Soybeans," (NCR238).
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