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Tilling soils on slopes makes crop production and soils more vulnerable to drought

Tillage on slopes thins the soil and reduces crop yields. Increased yields in regions where soil is deposited partially compensate for this reduction in crop yields at regional scales. However, continued increases in tillage intensity and climate-change-induced increases in dry spells may lead to reduced crop yields.

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Fig. 1: Changes in crop production under different tillage scenarios.


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This is a summary of: Quinton, J. N. et al. Tillage exacerbates the vulnerability of cereal crops to drought. Nat. Food (2022).

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Tilling soils on slopes makes crop production and soils more vulnerable to drought. Nat Food 3, 497–498 (2022).

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