How to Crop

Dealing with anthracnose
Maize cultural practices

Cultivating cucurbits

Follow these useful tips on fertilising, irrigating, harvesting and storing your crop.

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...

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.


‘Classic extreme fire conditions’ in Trompsburg inferno

‘Classic extreme fire conditions’ in Trompsburg inferno

The wildfire that occurred in Trompsburg between 15 and 17 November was a classic example of extreme fire behaviour caused by weather conditions conducive to the development of a fire...

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