Crop production: Success as a farmer means being proactive

The early bird catches the worm is a saying that also applies to farming. Farmers often miss great opportunities to save costs or to seize the moment and achieve good profits. Sometimes farmers experience great losses in terms of damage to natural resources, such as soil erosion during a heavy…

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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: Take a good look at your soil

Managing the soil on your farm is just like stocking a grocery cupboard – so before you set off to buy fertilisers, you should know what your soil already contains. Otherwise, you could use the incorrect fertiliser which will lead to poor crops and could cost you a lot of…

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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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