Farming Implements in Action: Impacts on the Soil, Erosion Potential of Tillage Systems, and Economics

This tutorial, which includes videos, provides an opportunity to learn about the types of soil disturbances that tillage implements have on soil and the effects of disturbance on soil loss.

This webinar goes into the details of the five soil disturbing processes modeled in RUSLE2 (inversion, mixing, mixing with some inversion, lifting/fracturing, and compression). A video of a tillage implement in action for each of the processes is shown and discussed. The effects of the tillage types are demonstrated and discussed in a comparison between a conventional, reduced-till, and no-till corn/soybean rotation. Finally, the webinar ends with a very brief discussion of the economic factors that one should consider in making the move from a conventional to reduced-till or no-till system.

Created by Jill Heemstra