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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Vegetable production: Beat pests with crop rotation and companion planting

Monoculture crop production has been associated with an increase in pests and soil-borne disease. Using crop rotation and companion planting can help to break disease cycles and improve soil health. Crop rotation is one of the most basic principles of vegetable production and should always be practised. It’s best described…

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Cultivate crops in rotation to keep soil healthy and yields up

Crop rotation systems, in which maize is alternated with legumes, improve soil quality and reduce production losses. Monoculture, or planting the same crop in a field season after season, leads to deprived soil and reduced yields. It’s our old friend common sense in the field again. The weather, government policy…

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Solve pest problems by using your farm ecosystem

Pest insects destroyed an estimated 18% to 26% of annual crop production worldwide in 2011, according to research from the USDA’s Animal Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS). Most losses (13% to16%) occurred in the field, pre-harvest, and were heaviest in developing countries. That’s us. Synthetic chemicals have been used for…

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