Crop production: Improve soil through conservation tillage

Soil tillage is a costly business and intensive tillage can degrade the soil and impact the potential for crop production in the long term. New tillage systems, such as no-till and reduced tillage, were developed to slow down or stop the process of degradation. These systems, which fall under the…

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Conservation agriculture: No-till and controlling weeds

Weed management is an important part of crop production, but how does the no-till farmer keep weeds under control without conventional farming methods at his disposal? Richard Findlay from the No-till Club of KwaZulu-Natal says no-till farming requires a complete mind shift. The challenge is to overcome the first years…

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Conservation agriculture: No-till and perfect seed placement

Correct seed placement and depth are critical for successful no-till crop production. As is the case with conventional agriculture, farmers have to use specialised planting machinery to ensure correct seed placement and depth. Richard Findlay from the No-till Club of KwaZulu-Natal, explains that one of the major differences with no-till…

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Crop production: Preparing your soil with drought in mind

Question: With reference to your opinion about the cover crop tillageā€¦ I want to know what would be the best method to prepare my soil for crops if you know there are drought conditions predicted for the region? There are several principles I can discuss. There is no single soil…

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