Articles | Volume 8, issue 1
SOIL, 8, 213–222, 2022
SOIL, 8, 213–222, 2022
Original research article
22 Mar 2022
Original research article | 22 Mar 2022

Transition to conservation agriculture: how tillage intensity and covering affect soil physical parameters

Felice Sartori et al.

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Short summary
This study aimed to evaluate the short-term effects of the transition from conventional to conservation agriculture on soil physical properties, by determining the best soil tillage and covering combination, to exploit the benefits of conservation agriculture from the first conversion years. The results proved that, despite an increase in bulk density and penetration resistance, soil under reduced tillage systems with a cover crop improved its hydraulic properties.