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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Mechanisation: Buy the right harvester for your farm

Farming machinery is a significant financial investment. These guidelines will help you buy the best harvester for your operation. If you are in the business of harvesting grain, you will know that a harvester is an expensive piece of equipment. When you consider that a farmer’s livelihood depends on the…

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Mechanisation: Minimising your costs

It is both difficult and unwise to cut corners if you have to plant high-quality seed and make sure they receive proper irrigation. But mechanisation costs are often unnecessarily high and looking at these again could result in lower input costs and higher profits. The profit in a cash crop…

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