Assessing the old way of establishment, identifying soil issues and being open to new management practices are the first steps towards successful crop production. Soil harbours a fascinating range of biodiversity which is essential to its health and strong crop development.
Intensive cultivation techniques cause compaction, have a detrimental effect on soil structure and destroy the habitat of many beneficial organisms. Whilst zero tillage, on the other hand, preserves the soil, it introduces the risk of poor germination by failing to provide the seed with a friable nursery bed, rendering it unsuitable for some conditions.
Mzuri recommendation: selective tillage.
Selective tillage is important because it:
- Restores soil structure and fertility.
- Improves aeration and drainage
- Supplies plants with natural nutrients
- Offers the ideal seeding environment
The initial adoption stage will require more management time as soil will have to be prepared for strip tillage. Assess your soil and determine the factors that limit its productivity, including waterlogging, compaction, poor drainage and low organic matter levels.