I was just curious. I've been cruising the archives and reading different opinions on on soil prep.
As an example some feel discing and rotary tilling compacts the soil. Doesn't make sense to me as I use those tools to loosen up the soil to plant in and give new roots and easy path to grow in.
Newest technology seems to be no till. Which if I'm understanding that correctly incorporates a chisel plow and disc and planter all in one pass.
I'm reading about soil structure, compacting the soil with too many passes over the ground that doesn't leave room for the worms to create paths for water to go down. Getting a pan under what's been tilled and holding water. Then having to run a subsoiler deep to break that up.
My soil is a sandy clay that when rained on forms a crust that new seed won't hardly grow through. If is rains after I plant and before plants come up I have to run a roller/crust buster over it.
If it rains after the plants are up I'm good to go as the crust retains moisture. If it doesn't rain I lose all moisture quickly both up and down.
I don't think I have a problem.
Seems that mold boarding doesn't break up the soil as fine as rotary tilling. I mold board to about 8". I think the disk only goes about 2-3" deep and I plant at about 1-1/2".
Big tiller seems to grind up the top 5-6".
The question was/is what method is best for the soil?
I'm starting the form the opinion that it doesn't matter.