No tillage conference: what do the Chileans say?

The South American experience features at this year's annual WANTFA conference.

This year's Western Australian No-Tillage Farmers Association (WANTFA) Annual Conference is a cooperative effort with other grower groups — including the South Australian No-Tillage Farmers Association, NSW Central West Conservation Farmers Association and various Victorian no-tillage farmers.

With keynote speakers from South America including Carlos Crovetto and Rolf Derpsch, it's sure to give delegates a broader perspective on no-till methods.

Mr Crovetto is a no-till pioneer in Chile and is now the President of the Chile No-Tillage Farmers Association. He is an energetic and passionate no-till farmer who believes that no-tillage without stubble retention is not the complete package. He is knowledgeable on soils and soil biology and has published a book called Stubble over the Soil, which makes an excellent read.

Dr.Derpsch is one of the pioneer researchers of no-tillage, especially in Brazil, and is now based in Paraguay. He is an excellent communicator with in-depth knowledge of soil science, crop agronomy and the impact of crop rotations. Recently Dr Derpsch has become a champion for understanding cover crops and how they fit into the no-tillage cropping system.

For an Australian touch, grower Scott McCalman of 'Jedburgh in Warren, NSW, will talk about managing agricultural challenges in a way that is innovative, creative and profitable. Mr McCalman impressed most who heard him at WANTFA seminars in WA during August.

For other speakers and more details about how to register, visit the WANTFA web site at

WANTFA Annual Conference:
Tuesday 7 and Wednesday 8 March 2001 at the Muresk Institute of Agriculture, Northam, 23 February at Esperance Civic Centre, 26 February at Geraldton, and 28 February - 1 March at Rendezvous
Observation City, Perth.

Contact: Mr Bill Crabtree, WANTFA's Scientific Officer phone/fax 08 9622 3395; mobile 0427 223395

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