Crop production: Tillage is key for wheat in summer rainfall areas

The farmer has full control over soil tillage so he must plan his actions carefully to ensure that his specific problems are solved when he tills his lands. Favourable conditions for wheat production include creating soil in which sufficient water is stored for germination and early plant development. This is…

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Crop production: Which factors determine wheat quality?

Everyone, from the farmer to the baker, have their own ideas about what makes good wheat. Certain wheat qualities should, however, always be kept in mind. It can take at least 10 years from when a wheat crossing is made until a cultivar is released to the industry. Wheat breeders…

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Crop production: Better profits by understanding wheat

Wheat undergoes various stages before it reaches maturity. Farmers need to know what these stages are if production is to be optimal, says Dr. Eric Morojele. Knowing at which stage of development wheat is most vulnerable to certain pests, diseases or weed increase can significantly help to reduce production losses.…

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Crop production: An introduction to producing wheat

Wheat can be produced under varied climatic and soil conditions. The reason is the diverse genetic material available in the form of different cultivars. Production regions (in South Africa) can be divided into 3 broad areas: • the southern, winter rainfall; dryland area; • the northern, summer rainfall; dryland area; and…

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