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Agronomic Measures - Chisel ploughing
Breaking of hard pan with chisel plough  

Chisel plough is a common tool to get deep tillage (prepared land) with limited soil disruption. The main function of this plough is to loosen and aerate the soils while leaving crop residue at top of the soil. This plough can be used to reduce effects of compaction and help to break up the ploughpan and hardpan. Unlike many other ploughs the chisel will not invert or turn the soil. This characteristic has made it a useful addition to no-till and low till farming practices which attempt to maximize the erosion- prevention benefits of keeping organic matter and farming residues present on the soil surface through the year.

Benefits of chisel plough :

  • Chisel ploughing loosen and aerate the soil
  • Reduces the effect of compaction
  • Can help break up hardpan
  • Reduces soil erosion low till farming conditions
  • Prevents formation of surface crusts, which helps water to infiltrate the soil
  • Chisel ploughing severe weed roots below the surface.



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