Definition of tillage in English:

tillage

noun

  • 1[mass noun] The preparation of land for growing crops.

    ‘manual clearing followed by mechanized tillage’
    • ‘When spring tillage buries the weeds, it also buries any crop residue.’
    • ‘For me this is very exciting since I've been working towards growing corn and soybeans organically without tillage for a long time.’
    • ‘The idea is to not let the thistle plants get any energy for at least 12 months through tillage and cover crops.’
    • ‘No-till is a method of planting crops in the residue of previous crops, without any kind of tillage before or after planting.’
    • ‘The risk of infection is greatest in fields where forage legumes have been grown recently and minimum tillage has been used.’
    • ‘Average no-till planting costs $78 less per acre than planting by conventional tillage.’
    • ‘This saves time by requiring less tillage since it's best to leave the field slightly rougher than normal.’
    • ‘Do not till if only a limited amount of crop residue is present after harvest since tillage will make the soil susceptible to wind and water erosion.’
    • ‘Organic crop production generally takes significantly more tractor use for tillage and weed control, accounting for more fossil fuel use.’
    • ‘In some situations, it will mean shifting from intense tillage to minimum tillage or no tillage.’
    • ‘Reeves stresses the need for crop residues in conservation tillage, especially in warmer regions.’
    • ‘Fields with heavy infestations could be cropped for a few years so tillage and herbicides could reduce infestations.’
    • ‘Farmers using no-till are doing so as a way to help clean their fields by keeping crop and weed seeds from being buried by tillage and to increase soil organic matter.’
    • ‘Unlike traditional tillage, conservation tillage requires leaving the crop residue on the field surface after harvest.’
    • ‘Do not plough, whether in tillage or if reseeding grassland.’
    • ‘However, the plough could still be an essential part of Irish tillage for many years, at least on smaller and medium-sized farms.’
    • ‘Site preparation should include tillage to reduce all competitive growth by grass and weeds.’
    • ‘The conventional methods of tillage and seedbed preparation are followed when growing sunflower.’
    • ‘Reduced tillage, crop rotations, and dispersed livestock all reduce energy needs and make more efficient use of renewable resources.’
    • ‘The third category of tillage is selective cultivation, which is used to control weeds after the crop has emerged from the soil.’
    farming, cultivation, tillage, tilling, husbandry, land management, farm management, crofting
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    1. 1.1Land under cultivation.
      ‘forty acres of tillage’
      • ‘The majority of the land was covered in improved grassland and tillage.’
      • ‘The fourth lot consists of 49 acres which is currently in tillage and also eligible for area aid.’
      • ‘In 1847 there were 6,700,000 of us in Eire's Twenty-Six Counties with 4,000,000 sheep and cattle and 3,129,000 acres of tillage.’
      • ‘In the east of the island there are two ruined cottages, a disused graveyard and the site of a cross and oratory plus several drystone walled fields once used for tillage.’
      • ‘The family farm comprises 100 acres of tillage.’
      • ‘The Fellows use permanent pasture, no tillage.’
      • ‘The extensive grounds are divided into around 120 acres of eligible tillage with the remaining 160 acres comprising pasture, woodland and gardens.’
      • ‘The well drained limestone land is ideal for tillage and livestock, according to the agent, while there is also a pond and woodland walks on the site.’
      • ‘The already evident tendency for people to marry late or not at all intensified, and the move from tillage to pasture was reinforced.’

Pronunciation:

tillage

/ˈtɪlɪdʒ/