Recharge may be impeded by farming activities, leading to loss of topsoil and reduced water infiltration.
Also known as corn, maize was first domesticated in southern Mexico nearly 10 000 years ago. Many varieties have been bred to suit a range of conditions.
Grain sorghum is not just for making soft porridge; it has many other uses. Climate change has sparked renewed interest in the crop in South Africa, says Prof John Taylor of the Department of Food Science at the University of Pretoria.
Overhead irrigation is commonly used for pasture irrigation, while drip irrigation can be used for feed crops such as maize.
This plant yields juice and gel which are used for processing in the cosmetics industry.
Beans are a versatile, easy-to-grow and highly productive vegetable. All of this makes them a handy crop for the home garden. Bill Kerr explains how to grow and care for them.
So many home gardeners find it difficult to grow these vegetables, but there’s no need to give up on carrots, says Bill Kerr.
It’s important to adapt and revise your management strategies as the cropping environment, yield potential, commodity prices and input costs change.
Many people think that growing new plants or trees from cuttings should be left to qualified horticulturists. In fact, this technique is relatively simple, says Shane Brody.
This vegetable is ideal for the home garden. It’s easy to grow, tasty, and highly nutritious, says Bill Kerr.
This is one of the most destructive diseases of cowpeas, according to Dr Alina Mofokeng of the Agricultural Research Council’s Grain Crops Institute.
In South Africa, groundnuts are grown in the summer rainfall areas under irrigation or dryland conditions. Farmers with limited resources, particularly those in the northern and eastern parts of South Africa grow groundnuts mainly for their own consumption.