Crop production: How to get an a-maize-ing harvest

To choose the best planting time for their maize farmers should consider the available heat units on their farms, in other words determine how warm or cool the area is where they farm. Also keep in mind long-term rainfall patterns. The maize plant should have enough time to develop fully…

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Crop production: Get the most from your fertiliser

It is possible to increase profitability and reduce risk if you use fertiliser to best effect on your farm. Increasingly expensive input costs are always of concern to farmers and efficient fertilisers and fertilising practices will help them to cope with this challenge. Also read: Farm management: Controlling input costs…

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Crop production: How to decide on a tillage system

Soil tillage has a huge influence on crop production, and is one of the most expensive input costs. Decisions about proper methods cannot, therefore, be hit or miss. A crop farmer’s decision about the correct tillage method to use should be based on information that leads to objectives – not…

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Crop production: Tillage is key for wheat in summer rainfall areas

The farmer has full control over soil tillage so he must plan his actions carefully to ensure that his specific problems are solved when he tills his lands. Favourable conditions for wheat production include creating soil in which sufficient water is stored for germination and early plant development. This is…

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