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Reduced Tillage


But you already knew that, right?

By monitoring crops through machine learning and satellite data, scientists have found farms that till the soil less can increase yields of corn and soybeans and improve the health of the soil — a win-win for meeting growing food needs worldwide.

“Reduced tillage is a win-win for agriculture across the Corn Belt,” said study lead author Jillian Deines, a postdoctoral scholar at Stanford’s Center on Food Security and the Environment.

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Satellites reveal a small positive yield effect from conservation tillage across the US Corn Belt.