Welcome to Louisiana Conservation Tillage

This information was designed to inspire producers considering moving to a conservation tillage system.
Years of research have shown that conservation tillage systems:

  • can significantly reduce overall energy inputs
  • produce comparable yields to conventional tillage systems
  • increase the water-holding capacity of the soil, thus reducing plant water stress
  • create better harvesting conditions when the soil is saturated
  • reduce nutrient loss by reducing runoff and increasing organic matter
  • reduce the off-site movement of pesticides
  • maintain a healthy environment for macro- and microorganisms
  • reduce erosion, thus maintain fertility and productivity of the land for future generations.

For additional information about conservation tillage please contact Boyd Padgett and Chris Coreil.

Please click on the links located  below to navigate
the Louisiana Conservation Tillage site.

Robert L. Hutchinson

Chapter 1 - Crop Rotations
Donald J. Boquet

Chapter 2 - Winter Cover Crops
Donald J. Boquet

Chapter 3 - Variety Selection and Seedling Rates
Donald J. Boquet

Chapter 4 - Fertilizer and Liming
John S. Kruse

Chapter 5 - Arthropod Pest Management
B. Rogers Leonard

Chapter 6 - Weed Management
Daniel O. Stephenson, IV

Chapter 7 - Disease Management
Boyd Padgett

Chapter 8 - Equipment (Adapted from the Penn State University Publication: Steps Toward a Successful Transition to No-Till)

Chapter 9 - Final Thoughts
Boyd Padgett and Chris Coreil

Web Links

Contributing Authors

Conservation Tillage was prepared in cooperation with and through funding provided by the
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
and the LSU AgCenter's
Louisiana Master Farmer Program.

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