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Wheat Farmers Adopt the Undercutter Fallow Method to Reduce Wind Erosion and Sustain Profits

Douglas Young , William Schillinger ,
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Excessive tillage—especially in the low-precipitation wheat production region of the Inland Pacific Northwest—causes blowing dust, which results in soil loss as well as air quality degradation. Yet more than 90% of rainfed cropland in the Inland PNW is on a two-year, tillage-based winter wheat-summer fallow rotation. The undercutter system was developed to mitigate wind erosion and achieve profitable yields. This publication outlines the results of a multi-year, on-farm study conducted with 47 farmers who adopted the undercutter method.

Department(s): Agriculture
Pages / Length: 8
Publication Date: 7/2016

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