Study: No-Till Farming Limits Greenhouse Gases


Credit: USDA

No-till farming does more than just improve soil quality and reduce erosion. It can help fight global warming too, a Purdue University study has found.

No-till fields in the study released 57 percent less nitrous oxide – a greenhouse gas 310 more potent than carbon dioxide – than chisel-tilled fields and 40 percent less gas than fields tilled with moldboard plows.

The practice can also help save farmers money because it slows the breakdown of costly fertilizers in the soil.

Read the AP report.

 

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Jim Malewitz is a journalism intern at the Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research. Additionally, as a master's journalism student at the University of Iowa, he is conducting research on non-profit journalism while serving as an assistant editor at IowaWatch.org. Malewitz graduated from Grinnell College in 2009, where he majored in political science with a concentration in global development studies. He loves America, the states of Michigan and Iowa and Detroit Tigers baseball. He also an odd fascination with the former German Democratic Republic. He likes the environment too.
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