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 Pigs, cows, chickens, and geese roam the vines at Hiyu, a world-class winery inspired by the philosophies of Japanese farmer Masanobu Fukuoka, who believed in farming without tillage or fertilizer. Jennifer Konerman, Sunset Magazine, 23 Mar. 2022 Organic oats typically rely on crop rotation, mulching and other low-tillage practices to reduce weeds and pest pressure, and are not sprayed with probable carcinogens. Errol Schweizer, Forbes, 31 Jan. 2022 Controlling weeds without herbicides generally requires more tillage. The New Yorker, 13 Dec. 2021 Intensive tillage declined 35% during the same time. Julia Jacobo, ABC News, 18 Nov. 2021 And fall tillage was 61% complete, three days ahead of last year and 12 days ahead of the five-year average. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 15 Nov. 2021 Additionally, industrial agriculture has spread monocropping, excessive tillage, and widespread use of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. Chad Frischmann, Scientific American, 1 Oct. 2021 He’s a gardener, whose tillage happens to include some plants and fungi with mind-altering properties. John Semley, The New Republic, 26 July 2021 The programs aim to keep vegetation growing nearly year round to withdraw more carbon from the atmosphere, and avoid tillage to keep carbon in the soil. Jacob Bunge, WSJ, 24 June 2021 See More

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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 20 May. 2022.

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Kids Definition of tillage

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

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