No-Till Technique Good For Pumpkins
October 20, 2010
Dr. S. Alan Walters, an Associate Professor in Plant and Soil Science, has conducted research on no-till techniques for vegetable production for years. Tilling increases the break-down of organic matter in the soil, where no-till builds organic matter. Walters states, “No-till actually builds organic matter in the soil, which enhances microbial populations, and increases the soil’s nutrient-holding capacity, which is good for growth. No-till increases the moisture-holding capacity—you can dig down into the soil with your finger and feel it—so plants can withstand drought better.” For pumpkin growers, no-till adds other benefits such as increased production/yield as well as increased size and girth. To learn more, follow the link to the story below.
"No-Till Good for Pumpkin Growers—and Carvers" [The Saluki Times, 10/20/2010]