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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Livestock production: How to establish forage crops and pastures

A number of factors should be taken into account when you draw up a fodder production plan that includes pastures. The costs of establishing a pasture are high, so attention to detail, particularly when establishing perennial pasture, will more than compensate for the effort involved. The species and variety of…

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Crop production: Zinc is essential for crops

Question: Why is zinc important for crops? Zinc is an essential mineral to all living organisms (animals and plants) and is a co-factor in all enzyme-based reactions. It is required only in small but critical concentrations to allow key plant physiological pathways to function normally. Crops that can be adversely…

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