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Victoria: Soil and work worries prompt no-till

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Victorian Mallee grower James McKee, a committee member of the Victorian No-Till Farmers Association, says he first saw no-till prove itself in 2002, when he planted part of his crop that way and then watched the topsoil on country that was not under no-till turn to dust and blow away in the dry weather... "I had been working the soil less and less before sowing anyway, and found with the proper management, crops planted with notill can at least equal, and often outperform, those planted with all the old-style cultivations beforehand," Mr McKee says... In an average year Mr McKee likes to have about 20 per cent of his country under chemical fallow, with a couple of glyphosate sprays during the fallow year, and has achieved excellent results - perhaps 2.5 tonnes to the hectare of wheat in the immediately following crop, against a general average of about 2t/ha...
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