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How to cure your soil after years of nutrient depletion

Taking crops off the land without returning nutrients to the soil is called ‘mining’ the so...

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Considering growing malting barley? Here’s a useful guide

Research programmes since 1991 have identified barley cultivars that ensure an economical, opti...

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The need for manure to be broken down

Suggested application rates for some common crops, including tomatoes and potatoes....

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Two weeds that are a major threat

Shepherd’s purse and sow thistle are weeds that are hard to eradicate once established, says ...

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Get the best out of kraal manure

Before the introduction of chemical fertilisers, farmers all over the world, including those in...

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A list of cucurbit pests and diseases

Dealing with powdery mildew, fusarium wilt, aphids and other threats to your crop....

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Cultivating cucurbits

Follow these useful tips on fertilising, irrigating, harvesting and storing your crop....

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Guidelines for growing curcubits

Cucurbits that are round and orange are pumpkins. Those of other shapes and colours are squashe...

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Understanding crop rotation

Crop rotation is one of the most basic principles of vegetable production. It helps to break di...

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Biological pest control basics

The wide variety of natural products now available is enough to confuse any farmer. Here are so...

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Dealing with kweek

To control this hardy grass species successfully, you have to stay vigilant, stresses Bill Kerr...

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Get rid of Malva – entirely!

It is crucial to destroy every single example of this dangerous weed, stresses Bill Kerr. Leavi...

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No fall armyworm impact on sugar industry, despite concerns

Despite reports by news agency Bloomberg that fall armyworm (FAW) may soon affect the sugar cane...