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Know your soil – Part 2

If you have a proper understanding of the soil on your farm, you will be able to farm more efficiently – and get more enjoyment from farming.
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Zimbabwean farmers make do, regardless

I recently visited Harare with Prof Charles Whitehead from the University of Johannesburg for a two-day Banana Ripening and Post-harvest Physiology workshop for the employees of a large Zimbabwe-based farming company.
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Know your soil – Part 1

This year has been designated the International Year of Soils by the United Nations, so it’s a fitting time to learn more about the properties of soil and how to get the most out of your greatest farming asset.
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More on controlling powdery mildew in peppers

I wrote a column on powdery mildew in peppers some months ago, but would now like to address this important subject more fully.
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Vegetables back in vogue

In the 6 June issue of FreshPlaza.com, I came across an article entitled ‘The rise of Africa’s super vegetables’. “Indigenous vegetables are in vogue,” it said. “As people throughout East Africa have recognised the vegetables’ benefits, demand for the crops has boomed.”
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Biofumigation using an eelworm trap crop

Apart from reducing cyst eelworm, planting trap crops has other advantages.
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Understanding how the market operates

I’ve always defended the producer’s right to market his produce as he sees fit. If this includes supplying direct to a supermarket, that’s fine. For a large producer, not having ‘all your eggs in one basket’ is always wise.
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Beat cyst eelworm with trap crops

An integrated approach to controlling cyst eelworm usually produces the best results, but using a trap crop is perhaps the single most important method.
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Dealing with direct sales - at last!

Over the years, I’ve listened to market people bemoaning the fact that producers supply direct to supermarkets.
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History of the market agent

The advent of market agents in South Africa goes back to the mid-1800s, when farmers became unhappy with the service provided by the market masters.
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