Learn about soil-friendly technology that produces efficient and effective crops with less effort...

No-till for Beginners is a must-read for any farmer who wants to break away from the old, familiar, soil-exploiting way of growing crops.

Are you struggling with the following problems?
Then this book is for you!

Huge costs due to the continuous use of machinery and pesticides.

Yields are diminishing due to degraded, humus-depleted, lifeless soil.

Huge amounts of chemicals are needed to reduce soil disease resistance.

Wind and water carry away the topsoil.

In times of drought, yield loss due to poor soil structure, which is unable to absorb and retain rainfall.

Labour shortages among machine operators.

Pick up the book to help you revitalise your soil.

  • By not disturbing the soil and by using cover crops and crop rotation, the soil becomes friable, humusy and disease resistant.
  • Thanks to the permanent cover, wind and water cannot carry away the topsoil.
  • As the soil structure improves, it is able to absorb and retain more rainfall, so there is something to harvest even in the worst droughts.

The first No-till book in English

Mykhaylo Draganchuk's No-Till for Beginners is a concise, professional book without pictures.

It can be useful for those who want to move to a no-till system or have been trying for a while but have many questions.

In 150 pages, Ukrainian farmer Draganchuk shares his experience of the transition to a no-till system.

It brings to light the knowledge of many farmers from different countries who have also successfully gone through the process of learning this technology.

The TMG Association's goals include social engagement and awareness raising, so...

We are pleased to announce that our organisation will donate 1 copy of the No-Till for Beginners book to the libraries of higher education institutions in Hungary.

To whom we have already donated:

Our aim is to contribute to raising the quality of education in the country, enabling students to access this valuable information and develop their skills in no-till farming.

We believe in the importance of spreading knowledge and sustainable farming, and we want to help the next generations get the best start in agriculture.

This book is a practical knowledge tool.

From the first steps of no-till to a roughly step-by-step planto get the results you want!

Mykhaylo Draganchuk is a real boon for the no-till revolution. For more than two decades, he has successfully applied and refined the technology year after year, sharing his experience with the public to help revitalise soils in his wider community.

Because soils are being degraded all over the world. In our increasingly intensive agricultural production practices, which are geared towards higher yields, we have overlooked the most important factor of all: SOIL.

No-till for beginners helps you plan and make the transition step-by-step:

  • It covers aspects of crop production, crop rotation, seed drill selection, weed control and nutrient replenishment.
  • It gives advice on how to find information and the learning process.
  • It helps you to see the complex system of technology, where no single factor can be considered in isolation, because success depends on thinking in terms of the system.

The final chapter of the book is enriched by interviews with Mykhaylo. In these interviews, he talks to practising farmers who have inspired him along the way.

Let us introduce ourselves and share why it was important for us to translate the book into Hungarian

Attila Szabó and his brother Csaba Szabó started farming in the Southern Great Plain in 2010, without a plough. At that time they had little knowledge of soil regeneration technologies, they just knew that they wanted to farm in harmony with nature, building on the soil. Their knowledge grew gradually, based on experience gained on their own land and continuous learning.

Attila Kökény's lectures helped to deepen and systematise their knowledge. Together with them, these early lectures have inspired many farmers, with whom they are still on the road to soil renewal. They have realised that the fastest way to succeed is to share their experience, learning together from each other's successes and failures.

They started organising meetings and, inspired by their effectiveness and success, decided to become an organisation and officially represent regenerative agriculture in the Carpathian Basin. THE ASSOCIATION OF LANDOWNERS' ASSOCIATION FOR THE SALE OF REAL ESTATE was founded in 2018, with the following members are pioneers of regenerative agriculture in their country.

"Nearly a decade of working together has forged us into a solid community of professionals and friends. One of the main reasons for becoming an official organisation was to pass on the experience gained in many regions of the country, on different soils and in different climatic conditions. We organise conferences and farmer meetings alongside our comprehensive, practice-oriented education programme.

Our first major public conference featured an invited speaker, Mykhaylo Draganchuk, author of No-till for Beginners, who farms in the Crimean Peninsula, which barely receives 250 mm of rainfall a year. He shared his 20 years of no-till experience and his untiring wisdom with interested farmers during his tour and at the conference." /Attila Szabó - President of the Soil Renewal Farmers Association/

What do we think makes the book special?

Let's cut the bull's head off! - warns Mykhaylo Draganchuk, who believes that there is a huge bull in our heads that won't let us get rid of our habits.

With two decades of no-till experience under his belt, he believes that the main obstacle to the success of no-till, regenerative crop production and the adoption of the technology is people's stubborn attachment to systems that we have grown accustomed to but no longer serve agriculture and humanity.

The yields of mechanised and chemical-based agriculture did indeed rise sharply for a while, but we are now paying a huge price. In degraded, humus-depleted, compacted, lifeless soils, it is increasingly costly to produce.

We have not taken into account that farmland is actually a complex, living system. We have seriously interfered with this system, even though by following nature's patterns we can build rather than destroy, while producing much healthier, more nutrient-dense food, using much less energy, fertiliser and pesticides.

The miracle of regenerative agriculture is that the farmer is empowered to replenish the soil with life.

Mykhaylo speaks to the reader in a friendly voice, in a direct style and in a clear and accessible way. A donkey's guide full of personal stories, a lively, readable textbook. He guides you through the steps of the transition process and asks questions to help you shape the tasks ahead to your own economy.

Mykhaylo is not stingy with information. He shares his wisdom with heart and soul to rebuild the soil.
Víg Vitália
soil ecologist
TMG Association's professional manager for education
No-till or direct seeding is the most important and inevitable technological step in the implementation of regenerative crop production.

More than 250 million hectares around the world have now been converted to no-till. The United States, Brazil and Argentina lead the way. In Hungary, the proportion of no-till areas is estimated at a few thousand hectares, while in Ukraine, the author's home country, no-till technology is already being used on almost 1 million hectares.

The information explosion of the early 2000s and the experience of a few farmers abroad made it possible to start adapting regenerative agriculture at home, inspired by the results achieved in the world. This time led by farmers. Without scientific and political support, amidst the doubts and consternation of the farming community, innovative farmers who had experienced first-hand the yield losses caused by soil degradation or who wanted to farm in a cost-cutting way with fewer passes, started down the road to no-till in a headwind.

No-till for Beginners is the TMG Association's first self-published publication, which they hope will be of use to farmers who are making the switch to no-till.

We thought it was important to make this book, which is easy to read and full of practical advice and instructive anecdotes, available to Hungarian farmers.
Attila Szabó
farmer
President of the TMG Association

For whom we recommend the book?

  • For those who are interested in soil conservation and want to make the switch to no-till.
  • For farmers who want to learn more about the no-till system, its benefits, challenges and the steps needed to successfully implement it.
  • For those who have already tried no-till techniques but need more information and practical guidance.
  • For agricultural professionals and students of agriculture who want to understand conservation agriculture from a broader perspective.
  • The book provides a wide range of knowledge for beginners or more experienced no-till farmers who want to improve their knowledge and efficiency in this field.

For whom NOT recommended the book?

  • For those who have no interest or activity related to agriculture or land management. The focus of the book is on the no-till system and its application, so it will not be relevant or of interest to those working in other fields.
  • For those who have no intention of changing their current farming practices. If someone is content and accepting of their current management practices, the book will not offer them any real benefits.
  • For those who are against or doubtful about conservation farming and no-till. If one rejects these methods in advance or is not open to alternative farming approaches, then the content of this book will not be sufficiently appealing or interesting.

Mykhaylo Draganchuk

NO-TILL FOR BEGINNERS

Book price:

  • For online order: 14.999 Ft
    (including delivery costs)
  • For personal delivery: 11.999 Ft
    (at events, educational days)

What is the price of the book enough for?
Is it worth investing?

For HUF 14.999 you can get your hands on the No-till for beginners book. We've given some interesting examples (2023 data) of other purchases available for similar or higher amounts than the book costs. This will help you decide if it's worth the investment.

The prices listed are important information, especially for farmers who want to change and are interested in no-till, as well as for those who have already started minimum tillage and are considering moving to no-till.

Our book points out a number of pitfalls that can help you avoid serious losses of 10 or even 100 thousand forints per hectare.

If you can eliminate just one or two of the things listed in the book, it will pay for itself, even if it's just 1 hectare.

The No-till for beginners book can therefore be a valuable guide to a successful transition and cost efficiency.

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No-till for Beginners is a 119-page, hardcover, no-picture, concise, professional book.

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If you don't change, you...

unfortunately, you will continue to face a gradual deterioration in soil quality, reduced productivity, high fuel prices and production costs, and the huge problem of soil erosion.

However, if you make the decision to switch to a no-till system, you...

you can expect many positive changes. You'll experience increased productivity, less time spent, less wear and tear on equipment, fuel savings, improved soil structure, no soil erosion and more even yields under extreme rainfall conditions. 

Moving to a no-till system gives you the opportunity to put yourself and your farm in a better position and achieve more sustainable and efficient farming in the long term.

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