Minimum Tillage

This practice reduces the manipulation of soil by limiting turn-overs and structure breakdowns. Minimum tillage also limits working the soil with machinery, thus reducing erosion and soil compaction and increasing water intake. Another way that Dole reduces tilling and enhances soil health is through the use of “ratoon crops” in the pineapple production system. Ratoon crops are plants that provide a second harvest and develop up from the roots of the previous crop.