In the last 10 years, conservation tillage has been a popular farming practice to reduce soil erosion and production costs. There are reports of increases in some soybean diseases following the use of conservation tillage, and there is a view that use of no-till would be associated with the increase in disease risks. However, this view should be readdressed in light of site-specific production. Plant pathologists have long understood that tillage effects on diseases may be site specific. We also know that soil texture interacts with tillage practice to affect plant diseases.
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