Crop production: Do not neglect weed control

Poor weed management is perhaps the single most important factor leading to greatly reduced yields from the fields of the small-scale farmer. Here’s how to manage weeds in your fields. Following conventional tillage practices can lead to on-going depletion of your soil’s fertility, and this, along with poor plant populations,…

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Crop production: Tricks for preventing herbicide resistance

Eliminating herbicide resistance is extremely difficult once it has gained a foothold on your farm, but with the correct management practices it is possible to eradicate the problem in a few years. “The best solution is to avoid getting it in the first place,” says Hestia Nienaber from South Africa’s…

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Crop production: Are your weeds herbicide resistant?

Herbicide-resistant weeds are a major concern for crop producers. Farmers fear that, in an extreme case of resistance, they might lose the chemical tools that had previously been effective. Weed species that can survive and reproduce following exposure to a dose of herbicide that is usually lethal to its wild…

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Conservation agriculture: No-till and controlling weeds

Weed management is an important part of crop production, but how does the no-till farmer keep weeds under control without conventional farming methods at his disposal? Richard Findlay from the No-till Club of KwaZulu-Natal says no-till farming requires a complete mind shift. The challenge is to overcome the first years…

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