till·​age | \ ˈti-lij How to pronounce tillage (audio) \

Definition of tillage

1 : the operation of tilling land
2 : cultivated land

Examples of tillage in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Minimizing tillage is one practice that the USDA has highlighted as a way farmers can curb greenhouse-gas emissions, since tilling soil releases carbon into the atmosphere. Jacob Bunge, WSJ, "U.S. Farmers Look for Government Help to Support Biden’s Climate Plans," 1 May 2021 Judith Redmond of Full Belly Farms in Capay Valley, which sells at farmers markets all over the Bay Area, works with universities to implement sustainable practices like reduced tillage. Danielle Echeverria, San Francisco Chronicle, "How Bay Area farms could give Biden a blueprint for fighting climate change," 12 Feb. 2021 And fall tillage was 59% complete, more than 4 weeks ahead of last year and nine days ahead of average. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Prepare for the 2020 Wisconsin deer season, a hunt unlike any we’ve experienced," 14 Nov. 2020 Fall tillage — when farmers go through their fields and turn over all the dirt — may be delayed in some places by the snow. Adam Belz, Star Tribune, "Some snow is no big deal because Minnesota farmers were far ahead on this year's harvest," 26 Oct. 2020 As of Sunday, spring tillage was 96% complete, 26 days ahead of last year and two weeks ahead of the five-year average, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service office in Madison. Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin farmers rush to complete spring planting, but coronavirus hurts grain markets," 29 May 2020 There are many promising ways to do this, such as maintaining plant cover on fields year-round; growing diverse crops that include high-nitrogen legumes and perennials with deep roots; and minimizing tillage. Francesca Cotrufo, The Conversation, "Soil carbon is a valuable resource, but all soil carbon is not created equal," 6 Feb. 2020 No tilling Today, ditching tillage seems unfathomable, but ecosystems have long managed to produce robust growth without it. Brian Barth, Popular Science, "The secret to curbing farm emissions is buried in the Stone Age," 1 Apr. 2020 One morning the farmer next door drove his tractor and tillage tool literally 10 yards from his tree stand. Joe Genzel, Outdoor Life, "Patience and Obsession Pay Off With a 197-Inch, Non-Typical Missouri Buck," 3 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of tillage

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Tillage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tillage. Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of tillage

: the activity or process of preparing land for growing crops


till·​age | \ ˈti-lij How to pronounce tillage (audio) \

Kids Definition of tillage

: the practice of working land by plowing, sowing, and raising crops on

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