To create a forum for the exchange of knowledge and experiences with no-till cultivation over a variety of crops.
To assess the expertise of members and to assist them to acquire the necessary skills to enable them to practice no-till farming correctly for their particular set of agronomic circumstances.
To promote, motivate and guide research into aspects of no-till , by whoever is capable to carry it out, for the further improvement of members’ skills.
To pass on new knowledge about no-till agriculture to members through holding an annual conference and field days, together with the regular publishing and distribution of newsletters.
The No-till Club Committee
Our committee is made up of highly experienced professionals who are actively involved in and practicing no-till agriculture. We are passionate about what we do do and are eager to assist farmers wanting to pursue conservation agriculture.
EGON ZUNCKEL - BERGVILLE
STEVE MORRIS - ROSETTA
- Better moisture retention which assists greatly in dry periods due to the ability of the soil to absorb rainfall more effectively
- Better fertility retention
I retired from the seed industry in 2005 where I was involved with many aspects of crop and pasture farming. The establishment of both pastures and crops using no-till interest me; I became involved with the Club in the same year and was elected to serve on the committee. Because I am convinced that this system of conservation tillage is of national importance, I am busy trying to spread the news far and wide, which was one of the reasons I undertook to organise the annual No-Till conferences. I am situated just off the N3 on the Howick South/Underberg off ramp. I would love a visit from you! Come, pop in! My contact no. is 033 330 2062.
It is a passion of mine to help farmers adopt no-till by keeping abreast with all the new technology, especially crop protection, which is my field of expertise. It is a privilege to be involved with a club which has “the” top No-Tillers in the country. One cannot put a price on the knowledge one gleans from these guys.
JOHAN DU PLESSIS
Guy is employed by the Department of Agriculture and Environmental Affairs in KwaZulu-Natal as a soil scientist. Not only is he a valuable member of the No-Till Club Committee from the technical aspects of no-till, but he is involved in trial running at present on farms in KZN.
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.
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