Definition of tillage in US English:



  • 1The preparation of land for growing crops.

    • ‘In some situations, it will mean shifting from intense tillage to minimum tillage or no tillage.’
    • ‘For me this is very exciting since I've been working towards growing corn and soybeans organically without tillage for a long time.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Reduced tillage, crop rotations, and dispersed livestock all reduce energy needs and make more efficient use of renewable resources.’
    • ‘No-till is a method of planting crops in the residue of previous crops, without any kind of tillage before or after planting.’
    • ‘When spring tillage buries the weeds, it also buries any crop residue.’
    • ‘This saves time by requiring less tillage since it's best to leave the field slightly rougher than normal.’
    • ‘The third category of tillage is selective cultivation, which is used to control weeds after the crop has emerged from the soil.’
    • ‘Site preparation should include tillage to reduce all competitive growth by grass and weeds.’
    • ‘The risk of infection is greatest in fields where forage legumes have been grown recently and minimum tillage has been used.’
    • ‘Organic crop production generally takes significantly more tractor use for tillage and weed control, accounting for more fossil fuel use.’
    • ‘The conventional methods of tillage and seedbed preparation are followed when growing sunflower.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Fields with heavy infestations could be cropped for a few years so tillage and herbicides could reduce infestations.’
    • ‘The idea is to not let the thistle plants get any energy for at least 12 months through tillage and cover crops.’
    • ‘Average no-till planting costs $78 less per acre than planting by conventional tillage.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Unlike traditional tillage, conservation tillage requires leaving the crop residue on the field surface after harvest.’
    • ‘Reeves stresses the need for crop residues in conservation tillage, especially in warmer regions.’
    farming, cultivation, tilling, husbandry, land management, farm management, crofting
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    1. 1.1 Land under cultivation.
      ‘forty 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 fourth lot consists of 49 acres which is currently in tillage and also eligible for area aid.’
      • ‘The already evident tendency for people to marry late or not at all intensified, and the move from tillage to pasture was reinforced.’
      • ‘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 majority of the land was covered in improved grassland and tillage.’
      • ‘The family farm comprises 100 acres of tillage.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The extensive grounds are divided into around 120 acres of eligible tillage with the remaining 160 acres comprising pasture, woodland and gardens.’
      • ‘The Fellows use permanent pasture, no tillage.’
      agriculture, agronomy, horticulture, husbandry
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