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Good fruit set depends on not over-stimulating vegetative growth.

Over-stimulating vegetative growth

The survival mechanisms that enabled the ancestors of modern crops to survive in the wild will influence the efficacy of the fertiliser we apply to these crops today.
Spacing, competition & yield

Spacing, competition & yield

We sometimes tend to make assumptions about how a crop will react without considering the survival mechanisms inherited from its wild ancestors.
Leafy crop vs fruiting crop the balancing act

Leafy crop vs fruiting crop the balancing act

When trying to predict how a crop will respond to various situations, remember that all cultivated crops originated from wild ancestors growing in competition with many other species.
Get to know how your crop ‘thinks’

Get to know how your crop ‘thinks’

A crop has no way of ‘knowing’ or ‘sensing’ your good intentions. Instead, it responds to the prevailing conditions as a means of self-preservation.
The benefits of farm trials – Part 1

The benefits of farm trials – Part 1

When a farmer says he has 20 years’ experience, it could mean that he has simply been doing the same thing for 20 years without ever trying anything new!
Use a trowel for digging soil

Don’t drown your crop’s roots!

Where many farmers fall short is knowing how deep the water has penetrated after irrigation or rain.
Getting irrigation right

Getting irrigation right

Farmers often ask me how frequently and how much they should irrigate. There is no simple answer, as many aspects must first be considered.
Crop problems: look for the clues!

Crop problems: look for the clues!

We recently discussed how to identify mineral deficiencies and eelworm infestation. Many other problems can occur, of course.

Dealing with eelworm

Eelworm is generally considered the world’s worst crop pest.
Mike Cordes - Market Floor

Working as a market agent

The daily sales process is like a finely-tuned machine, and like any machine, it needs oil. In this case, that oil is communication.
Know your spinach variants

Know your spinach variants

Chard (Beta vulgaris) is also known as ‘Swiss chard’, ‘silver beet’, ‘mangold’ and other names. In South Africa it is usually referred to simply as ‘spinach’.
Mike Cordes - Market Floor

Use social media apps to promote fresh produce

In late December, to market its Cuties mandarins, Sun Pacific introduced a marketing campaign on Snapchat, the social media messaging and imaging app.
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