Ralf Kusel, partnering with his father Jurgen Kusel, farms in the Paulpietersburg district of Northern Natal, growing soyabean, open pollinated seed maize, commercial maize and popcorn.

After previous generations (1980’s) practising minimum till “Deklaag” and trying out no-till, problems were experienced with soil and plant diseases and planters were not well adapted for no-till planting.

In the late 1990’s, having included soyabeans in a rotation, importing appropriate equipment, and chemicals being available for the various diseases, no-till became a productive and self-sustaining practice. Major benefits are the reduction in soil erosion and building soil life.