Agronomy: Planting tips for wet soils

Repeating wet seasons can leave fields leached and water profiles filled to the brim. Marleen Smith asked some experts about the measures grain farmers need to keep in mind when preparing for planting in wet soils. Root development and fertilisation are two factors that play a crucial role in the…

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Conservation agriculture: Do cover crops dry out soil?

Don’t let the supposed fear of moisture loss keep you from cultivating cover crops, says Gabe Brown, cover crop pioneer from the US state of North Dakota. He plants all his cash crops in grazed cover crops. Brown says the last season was the driest in decades in the region.…

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Another bumper maize crop for South Africa?

It appears that next year may be another favourable season for South African grain farmers in summer rainfall areas - the rainy season has started two to three weeks early. Anthony Clark, market analyst at Vuyani Securities, says soil moisture levels in key production areas like the North West and…

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“Modern agriculture to blame for plagues”

Modern day farmers must abandon monoculture cultivation in livestock and crop farming if they are to win the war against weeds and plagues. This is the warning from Walter Davis, well-known American cattle farmer and consultant. Davis was a speaker at an annual farmer’s day about Regenerative Agriculture on the…

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