How to Crop

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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 cucurbits

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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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.
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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.
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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.

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