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: 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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Crop production: How to combat maize ear rot

Research has shown that an interaction between the ear rot fungi, Fusarium verticillioides, and stalk borer, Busseola fusca, can lead to an increased incidence of fusarium ear rot in maize. HOW TO REDUCE DAMAGE Several practices could be followed to reduce B. fusca and F. verticillioides interactions. These include: The…

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Zambia’s southern region to face hunger – IAPRI

Zambia’s southern areas may face food shortages arising from a recent drought, says the Indaba Agricultural Policy Research Institute (IAPRI). In its latest bulletin titled The 2017/2018 dry spells: Should Zambia panic?, IAPRI says the scenario in the southern parts of the country requires the coordination of the Disaster Management…

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