Russell McKenzie: Report published

2014 Scholar, Russell McKenzie’s report is now available on the Nuffield International website. Below is the executive summary of his report, titled: ‘Success with No-till – under any conditions’



Report   Title       

Success with No-till – under any   conditions


Russell McKenzie






Objectives of the study tour: 

  • To understand the parameters to succeed with No-tillage and how the best No-till farmers benefit from the system in both the driest and wettest of climates.


  • Greater stability in long term crop performance is obtained through successful adoption of No-tillage in varying climates
  • No-till confers ability to traffic and absorb water better in wet periods, balanced with improved retention in drier times.
  • Compaction should not be ignored, but dealt with in a variety of methods.
  • Organic matter is the central cog for a living, working soil in a balanced rotation.
  • No-tillage must be thought of as a system, not just a machine.
  • Patience!

See Russell’s report at: