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How to apply herbicides

How to apply herbicides

A brief overview of how herbicides are applied, and how to avoid resistance.
Growing pecan nuts: cultivars, soil prep & planting

Growing pecan nuts: cultivars, soil prep & planting

Here are a number of well-known cultivars, advice on how to prepare the soil, and other aspects to consider when growing pecan nuts.
Understanding herbicides

Understanding herbicides – Part 1

Herbicides were developed in the 1940s. Here is a brief overview of their history and how they work.
Advice on growing pecan nuts

Advice on growing pecan nuts

There are a number of factors that should be taken into account before planting pecan nut trees.
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.
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