noun \ˈtilth\

Definition of TILTH

:  cultivated land :  tillage
:  the state of aggregation of a soil especially in relation to its suitability for crop growth

Origin of TILTH

Middle English, from Old English, from tilian to till
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Agriculture/Gardening Terms

fallow, graft, heirloom, loam, potash, soilage, swath, windfall

Rhymes with TILTH


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Physical condition of soil, especially in relation to its suitability for planting or growing a crop. Factors that determine tilth include the formation and stability of aggregated soil particles, moisture content, degree of aeration, rate of water infiltration, and drainage. The tilth of a soil can change rapidly, depending on environmental factors such as changes in moisture. The objective of tillage (mechanical manipulation of the soil) is to improve tilth, thereby increasing crop production; in the long term, however, conventional tillage, especially plowing, often has the opposite effect, causing the soil to break down and become compacted.


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