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Soil Quality and Moisture Conservation Benefits of Direct Seeding
Author: John Zylstra, Alberta Agriculture and Food
Date Created: March 01, 1996
Last Reviewed: February 01, 2007

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Introduction:
Direct seeding of crops into standing stubble can enhance soil quality and moisture conservation by reducing the detrimental effects of tillage on soil. In comparison to conventional tillage systems, direct seeding can result in:

  • better water infiltration
  • increased seedbed moisture
  • increased soil organic matter
  • reduced soil erosion potential.
The extent to which these benefits are realized depends on local soil type and weather conditions.