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No-Till, Covers and Livestock Tame Volatile Weather Challenges

Howling winds, dryness and poor soil quality create tough conditions in South Africa, but Egon Zunckel is making no-till work with limited irrigation, cover crops and livestock.


Pictured Above: FARMING A PLATEAU. Egon Zunckel no-tills roughly 5,000 acres of corn, soybeans and wheat on a wind-swept plateau in KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa. His no-till practices, along with planting cover crops and grazing beef livestock, have helped reduce soil erosion and increase moisture retention

MOTHER NATURE challenges all farmers, but for growers in the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa, the extreme variances in weather conditions most often necessitates a decision to no-till for…

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Mark McNeely

Mark McNeely is the former managing editor of No-Till Farmer and Conservation Tillage Guide magazines. His previous experience includes 25 years in industrial engine journalism and marketing. Mark holds an M.A. in journalism from the University of Wisconsin.

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