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Farmers Weekly
How to plant and harvest a sweet potato crop

In the warm season sweet potatoes should be planted from October to December, although this can be extended up to March in frost-free areas.
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Dealing with bacterial & fungal diseases in tomatoes

Black stem, early blight and powdery mildew are all significant threats to a tomato crop.
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Common tomato pests

The tomato is a versatile and popular crop that is relatively easy to grow. But it’s targeted by a number of pests.
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Dealing with avo pests & diseases

There are two insects and four diseases that SA avocado producers should particularly watch out for.
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Growing tomatoes

Tomatoes are not difficult to grow. Here are useful tips on how to produce an even better crop.
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Beware the nutsedge

It’s the world’s most prolific weed, and we have two species of it here in South Africa, says Bill Kerr.
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Watch out for new weeds!

Certain weeds are more of a risk to crops and veld than others. Leaving them to gain a foothold can have disastrous results, says Bill Kerr.
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How weeds are able to survive

Farmers often struggle to grow crops for food, yet weeds flourish on their own without any effort on our part. Bill Kerr explains why.
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Weed – friend or foe?

One man’s weed is another man’s food. So, what exactly is a weed, and what functions do these plants perform in nature? Bill Kerr provides some insights.
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Before you plough…

… know what the law says about vegetation removal, soil cultivation and erosion.
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