Soil cultivation

Soil cultivation in the Netherlands

The soil is the foundation of production and harbors a wealth of organisms such as worms, bacteria, and fungi, which are essential for both its structure and fertility. Deep plowing, however, can disrupt this delicate soil life, causing a significant source of productivity to be lost. Conservation tillage (CT) attempts to disturb the soil as little as possible. This is particularly relevant in Dutch agriculture, where the cultivation of fine-seeded crops such as onions and carrots faces challenges, such as problems with crop residues in the top layer. Soil cultivation in Dutch arable farming focuses on strengthening the soil by increasing biodiversity and organic matter content. When cultivation is less intensive or there is less use of (green) manure, it contributes to better water management, making the soil less sensitive to (extreme) weather conditions.

What is soil cultivation?

Cultivating the soil to create an optimal environment for seed germination and crop growth. This ranges from plowing and harrowing to more specialized techniques, such as subsoiling and precision soil cultivation. In short, the right soil cultivation techniques can improve soil structure, increase water retention, and reduce weed growth. The constant developments within soil cultivation techniques play a major role. Homburg, as a supplier of leading agricultural equipment, understands the importance of effective soil cultivation for maximizing yield and maintaining overall soil health.

The soil cultivation range

Homburg Holland offers advanced soil cultivation machines designed to maximize efficiency and effectiveness. With brands like V√§derstad, known for their reliable and high-quality soil cultivation and seeding machines, Homburg Holland is committed to providing the best equipment for every agricultural need. These machines are designed to precisely cultivate the soil, resulting in better soil structure and optimal growth conditions for crops. These machines can be found on our “conservation tillage” page.

No-tillage

No-tillage (NT) is a promising approach to more sustainable farming methods. It improves soil health, optimizes water management, encourages biodiversity, and increases efficiency, all contributing to a sustainable future in agriculture. By correctly implementing and adapting CT, it can have a significant impact on farming practices, especially given the challenges of climate change.

Want to learn more about NT?

Sustainability is a key component in modern agriculture. Soil cultivation techniques that preserve and enhance soil health are essential for the long-term productivity of agricultural land. Homburg Holland understands this and offers machines and solutions that not only increase efficiency but also contribute to sustainable farming practices. At Homburg Holland, we believe that knowledge is the foundation of success. That’s why we offer comprehensive training and support to our customers through the Homburg Academy. These trainings are focused on optimizing the use of our soil cultivation machines and sharing the latest insights and (sustainable) techniques in agriculture.