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 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 Russell makes the case that more farmers need to embrace practices like extended crop rotation, conservation tillage, which means farmers would rarely or never till soil, and keeping the soil covered with winter and perennial crops. Adam Brewster, CBS News, "Can farmers sow their way out of climate change?," 5 Nov. 2019 Soybean harvest and fall tillage were also late, both 18 days behind last year and 25 days behind the average. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Deer kill down 25% for Wisconsin's nine-day gun hunting season, the lowest in 39 years," 3 Dec. 2019 Prior to the 1900s, weeds were tackled with plowing, or tillage, explains Liebhold. Rachael Lallensack, Smithsonian, "Five Roles Robots Will Play in the Future of Farming," 1 Oct. 2019 Currently, no-till farming, or not disturbing soil through tillage, is gaining popularity, but that means herbicide use is sky rocketing. Rachael Lallensack, Smithsonian, "Five Roles Robots Will Play in the Future of Farming," 1 Oct. 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 15 Jul. 2020.

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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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