Crop production: Which factors determine wheat quality?

Everyone, from the farmer to the baker, have their own ideas about what makes good wheat. Certain wheat qualities should, however, always be kept in mind. It can take at least 10 years from when a wheat crossing is made until a cultivar is released to the industry. Wheat breeders…

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Crop production: How to combat maize ear rot

Research has shown that an interaction between the ear rot fungi, Fusarium verticillioides, and stalk borer, Busseola fusca, can lead to an increased incidence of fusarium ear rot in maize. HOW TO REDUCE DAMAGE Several practices could be followed to reduce B. fusca and F. verticillioides interactions. These include: The…

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Crop production: Sorghum can play a stabilising role

Here are some production tips for grain sorghum. Grain sorghum must be planted shallow, especially on heavy soils. Place the seed in moist soil, otherwise germination could be retarded. The planting depth varies between 3 cm and 5 cm. After planting, the soil crust must be broken up to enable…

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Crop production: Better profits by understanding wheat

Wheat undergoes various stages before it reaches maturity. Farmers need to know what these stages are if production is to be optimal, says Dr. Eric Morojele. Knowing at which stage of development wheat is most vulnerable to certain pests, diseases or weed increase can significantly help to reduce production losses.…

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