Welcome to the ISTRO website

On this site you will find information about the International Soil Tillage Research Organisation (ISTRO), which focusses on the impact and consequences of various soil tillage (including no-till) practices and from field traffic. More information about the organisation itself can be found on the organisation page. 

Activities organised by ISTRO and other organisations concerning soil tillage can be found on the activities page. 
Further information about recent publications are found on the publications page.


ISTROINFO June2021 v2 David MckenzieJune 16th 2021 - The latest version of ISTRO info, the June 2021 issue, is available for download. In this issue:

- ISTRO 2022 conference update
- David McKenzie awarded JA Prescott medal
- 2nd workshop Conservation Tillage working group
- New PhD graduate 3- year membership awarded
- Upcoming meetings and events
- New books

David McKenzie, a long-term ISTRO member, gave a key note address at the SSA/NZSSS Virtual World Soil Day event 2020 as a follow up on being awarded the prestigious JA Prescott medal by Soil Science Australia.

The presentation was entitled “Many ‘soil management generalists’ in Australian agriculture have failed: They require expertise from Soil Science Specialists". David has worked in both soil science research and private consultancy. He has for decades been a leading member of the ISTRO working group F: Visual Soil Evaluation and Examination.

(Photo: David McKenzie demonstrating SOILpak at the ISTRO workshop in Ireland, 2017. Photo by Paul Murphy.)