How to Crop

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...

Biological pest control basics

The wide variety of natural products now available is enough to confuse any farmer. Here are some tips to help you make an informed decision.

Dealing with kweek

To control this hardy grass species successfully, you have to stay vigilant, stresses Bill Kerr.

Get rid of Malva – entirely!

It is crucial to destroy every single example of this dangerous weed, stresses Bill Kerr. Leaving out plants can be a very costly error.

Growing a valuable pecan nut orchard

South Africa is well-suited for pecan nut production, but certain factors will determine the value of your orchard.

Dealing with bacterial & fungal diseases in tomatoes

Black stem, early blight and powdery mildew are all significant threats to a tomato crop.

Common tomato pests to watch out for

The tomato is a versatile and popular crop that is relatively easy to grow. But it’s targeted by a number of pests.

Dealing with avo pests & diseases

There are two insects and four diseases that SA avocado producers should particularly watch out for.

Growing tomatoes

Tomatoes are not difficult to grow. Here are useful tips on how to produce an even better crop.

Beware the nutsedge

It’s the world’s most prolific weed, and we have two species of it here in South Africa, says Bill Kerr.

Watch out for new weeds!

Certain weeds are more of a risk to crops and veld than others. Leaving them to gain a foothold can have disastrous results, says Bill Kerr.

How weeds are able to survive

Farmers often struggle to grow crops for food, yet weeds flourish on their own without any effort on our part. Bill Kerr explains why.


Agri interventions key to Ramaphosa’s economic stimulus package

Agri interventions key to Ramaphosa’s economic stimulus package

President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that government has reprioritised funding towards an economic stimulus package that would focus on agriculture, among other sectors.

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