Crop production: Rotation to boost production

Here’s some useful advice on choosing crops for your rotation system, to ensure you get the most advantages. Crop rotation is a practice whereby different crops are planted in different seasons on the same piece of land. The aim is to enhance sustainable production and increase yield potential, compared to…

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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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Farm management: Mechanisation and summer crops

Mechanisation costs money, which means it is part of a farmer’s production and overhead outlay, and that makes managing it very important. Mechanical resources include all the trucks, bakkies, tractors and equipment a farmer uses in his farming operations (they do not include vehicles or equipment for private use). And just…

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Crop production: Maize pests – control starts with knowing the enemy

Early identification and effective control practices can significantly reduce the impact of pests on crops. Farmers should not only familiarise themselves with pests that pose threats to their crops, but also learn more about their developmental stages and the best methods to control them. Dr. Annemie Erasmus, a research entomologist…

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