Farm conservation practices not only preserve soil and water, but they also can save growers money, says a Purdue University Extension agronomist.

Techniques such as no-till and sub-surface nutrient banding can keep soils productive, protect nutrients from runoff, lessen the amount of fuel farmers use and reduce labor costs.

“Farmers should always keep conservation practices in mind because it’s important to the stewardship of the soils they farm and because it’s important to their economics, whether it’s capital costs, operating costs or the overall labor investment they put into each acre,” Tony Vyn said.

While the adoption of no-till soybean systems has been widespread, no-till corn systems have not gained as much momentum. Vyn said that even though no-till corn can be successful, there also are other conservation tillage methods growers can try.