How to Crop

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...
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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, optimal yield and grain conforming to SAB Maltings’ quality specifications. This is an overview of the research.
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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 Bill Kerr.
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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 South Africa, used manure to restore the fertility of their lands.
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A list of cucurbit pests and diseases

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

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 squashes. Here are useful general tips on growing cucurbits.

Understanding crop rotation

Crop rotation is one of the most basic principles of vegetable production. It helps to break disease cycles and improve soil health, and should be practised by every farmer who...

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