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Dealing with Gibberella ear rot

Dealing with Gibberella ear rot

Also known as red ear rot, this disease appears to be on the increase in South Africa’s maize-producing areas.
Growing pepper: simple steps to follow

Growing pepper: simple steps to follow

Pepper is a tropical plant that prefers hot, humid areas such as the Lowveld and the northern coastal areas of KwaZulu-Natal.
Barley: insect and fungal control, regulation and irrigation

Barley: insect and fungal control, regulation and irrigation

Barley is highly sensitive to competition from weeds, especially in the initial stages. Early control measures will therefore enhance yield potential.
Dealing with Fusarium ear rot

Dealing with Fusarium ear rot

The incidence of ear rot in South Africa’s maize-producing areas can vary greatly from year to year and from land to land within the same season.
The benefits of cover crops for CA smallholder farmers

The benefits of cover crops for CA smallholder farmers

A cover crop is a fundamental and sustainable tool used to manage various functions of soil health. It is defined as any type of plant grown to improve any number...
Compiling a fertilisation programme for a barley crop

Compiling a fertilisation programme for a barley crop

As with any crop, fertilisation can be successful only when the minimum acidity requirements are met.
How to cure your soil after years of nutrient depletion

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 soil. If you do this for some years, your crops may grow slowly, have a...
malting-barley

Considering growing malting barley? Here’s a useful guide

Research programmes since 1991 have identified barley cultivars that ensure an economical, optimal yield and grain conforming to SAB Maltings’ quality specifications. This is an overview of the research.
kraal-manure

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 Bill Kerr.
phosphate-rock

Get the best out of kraal manure

Before the introduction of chemical fertilisers, farmers all over the world, including those in South Africa, used manure to restore the fertility of their lands.
Downy-mildew-on-a-cucumber-leaf

A list of cucurbit pests and diseases

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

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Consumer trends are crucial for production decisions

Consumer trends are crucial for production decisions

Independent consumer researcher, Nadia van der Kolf, urges farmers to keep consumer trends in mind when planning production expansion.

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