tillage

noun
till·​age | \ˈti-lij \

Definition of tillage 

1 : the operation of tilling land

2 : cultivated land

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Preliminary experiments with oats have shown that farming practices that do not require tilling resulted in significantly higher ergo levels in the oats than with conventional practices, where tillage of the soil disrupts fungal populations. Robert Beelman, CNN, "The humble mushroom is the newest superfood," 25 Apr. 2018 Some of those tools include planting cover crops — a crop to manage soil erosion and fertility — or to practice no-till farming — where tillage is the act of agitating the soil by digging or overturning, for example. Sarah Bowman, Indianapolis Star, "This $20 million project is important — unless you don't care about eating," 8 Dec. 2017 Bible manages 3,000 acres across his farms near Lafayette, on which he plants cover crops or practices no-tillage. Sarah Bowman, Indianapolis Star, "This $20 million project is important — unless you don't care about eating," 8 Dec. 2017 So, more plant matter + less tillage = less CO2 in the atmosphere. Sally Mccabe, Philly.com, "Sept. 8-14: In the garden, it's time to…," 8 Sep. 2017 With the success of the summer harvest, Hands Free Hectare plans to continue its research into farming without any human tillage. Spencer Feingold, CNN, "Field of machines: Researchers grow crop using only automation," 7 Oct. 2017 So, more plant matter less tillage = less CO2 in the atmosphere. Sally Mccabe, Philly.com, "Sept. 8-14: In the garden, it's time to…," 8 Sep. 2017 The farmers do as little soil digging as possible because traditional tillage destroys the fungal networks and the desirable soil structure. Adrian Higgins, idahostatesman, "The zoo beneath our feet: We’re only beginning to understand soil’s hidden world," 23 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of tillage

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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tillage

noun

English Language Learners Definition of tillage

: the activity or process of preparing land for growing crops

tillage

noun
till·​age | \ˈti-lij \

Kids Definition of tillage

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

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