Let me list why I am using no-till conservation tillage, which we began implementing at the beginning of the 2005/2006 season.

The main factors in our decision were economic savings and the long-term soil conservation benefits.

The main philosophy of our farm is: “Do as much as possible with as little as possible” and the no-till system fits this perfectly.

Another philosophy we follow is: “Money we don’t spend is money we don’t have to find”.

At present we plant 960ha with 4 tractors and 5 staff members. No-till allows one to cultivate large areas with only one pass of the tractor, saving time and labour. Imagine conventionally planting 960ha – a nightmare!

The improvement of the soil in terms of improving soil structure and organic matter has many benefits such as:

·         Better moisture retention which assists greatly in dry periods due to the ability of the soil to absorb rainfall more effectively

·         Better fertility retention

During the 2008/2009 season my yield on 450ha was 9.5 tons of maize dry land.