Tye™ No-Till Seeder
The practice of conventional (or intensive) tillage on agricultural land in Nova Scotia has caused a decline in valuable soil organic matter. Organic matter is carbon (C) based material needed for the health and fertility of the soil. When the soil is disturbed, as it is with conventional tillage, the carbon is released to the atmosphere as carbon dioxide (CO₂) a greenhouse gas (GHG) linked to global warming. No-till or reduced tillage practices have been developed to reduce soil disturbance during seeding.
The Tye™ No-Till Seeder uses a drill to cut a narrow slit in the ground the seed is inserted and then a wheel packs soil around it. Unlike intensive tillage a no-till seeding leaves the soil undisturbed and retains plant residues on the surface. This is a useful method of reduced tillage for Nova Scotia producers because it can be used in a range of weather conditions, soil types and crop covers.
Employing a no till method of seeding has many benefits to soil health. Some factors include, improved soil structure, increased soil organic matter, reduced soil compaction, reduced soil erosion, increased soil moisture content, better crop root exploration, maintaining beneficial insect populations and enhancing biodiversity.
There are also many benefits to be gained by the producer in the form of reduced energy requirements and greater profits. Fossil fuel consumption is reduced, labor and therefore time requirements are reduced. Producers have shown equal or better yields after employing the No-Till seeder with the added bonus of improving environmental stewardship.
The Soil & Crop Improvement Association of Nova Scotia (SCIANS) provides a Tye No –Till Seeder for rent for Nova Scotia producers at a low cost. For more rental information please contact AgraPoint at (902) 896-0277 ext. 0
For more information on the Tye No-Till Seeder read our factsheet