The practice of planting a crop without prior tillage. Because this practice does not disturb the soil profile, it allows for increased water infiltration through pores.  When plant and animal matter is left on the ground, micro-organisms build up the carbon levels in the soil and this is how atmospheric carbon is sequestered into the soil. No-till is one of the most environmentally sustainable practices; however, it requires a specialized planter that can cut through residue and requires drier and warmer soil conditions.

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