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Labor Savings


The reduction in number of tillage operations for seedbed preparation for strip till sugar beets also saves time (see Table 4).

Table 4. Labor Requirements for Various Tillage Operations
Tillage System Type of Implement Hours per Acre
Conventional Tillage Chisel Plow .05
Mulcher .04
Mulcher .04
Level .10
Level .10
Harrow .02
Total Hours .35
Strip Till Operations Ripping Shank with Packer .25
Total Hours .25

Time Savings per Acre is 0.10 Hours.

The time savings per acre of the strip till seedbed preparation for sugar beets using a chisel plow are 0.10 hours. If a moldboard plow is used the time savings are 0.36 hours per acre.