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Clear Winner at 2.1 Bu./A. Conventional-Till over Vertical-Till Study

To evaluate two tillage practices and their effect on yield in a soybeans after corn rotation. BECK’S Vertical-Till vs. Conventional-Till Study Soybeans After Corn - 2014 Central Indiana. This is the second year for comparing vertical and conventional-tillage at the Central Indiana PFR farm as part of a long-term tillage study. The vertical-tillage system is a fall and spring tillage pass with a Case IH True-Tandem 330 Turbo. The conventional-tillage system consists of a fall disc-rip followed by a spring finishing tool.

In the second year of our vertical-till/conventional-till study, the conventional-tillage method outperformed vertical-till by an average 2.7 Bu./A., winning five of the six variety comparisons. These results were consistent with our 2013 results, where the conventional-till system showed a 1.5 Bu./A yield advantage while winning all five comparisons. These two-year yield results give conventional-till a 2.1 Bu./A. average advantage over vertical-till (Figure 1). We will continue to evaluate these two tillage practices over time and see if the conventional-tillage method maintains a consistent advantage.

Beck's Hybrids PFR program conducts more than 90 different studies across multiple locations (700+ acres) to learn how different management practices and new technologies perform in field environments. Simply put, it is research focused with the farmer in mind. To see the entire study, please download the PFR Book and see page 90.

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