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SP FAQ - Slot micro-environment in dry soils

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Do horizontal slots have any other advantages?

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What is so special about controlling the seed micro-environment? Isn't getting good seed-soil contact enough?

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Please explain.

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Does this mean soil-seed contact plays no part at all with no-tillage?

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Does this mean that seeds sown with Cross Slot openers do not actually have to be in contact with wet soil?

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In such circumstances will germination be as fast as if the seed had been in damp soil?

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Don't tilled soils also have such soil humidity?

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If that is the case why is no-tillage not always better than tillage?

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Please explain the role of openers in relation to retaining soil humidity.

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In what ways do different no-tillage openers vary in their abilities to retain soil humidity?

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How do we know this is not just all sales talk?

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Even although it would seem to be impractical, could you get the same effect from vertical slots by placing strips of say plastic over them?

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What happens to the slot micro-environment if dry soil comes into contact with the seed?