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Crop Pest diseases

The Influence of Plant Nutrition on Pests and Diseases

Ruth Vaughan, Technical Director, CropNuts There is increasing pressure on us to grow healthy flowers, fruit and vegetables with less and less chemical pesticides.  The export markets we supply to check pesticide residues in the produce and…

The Beneficial Effects of Leaving Crop Residue on your Fields

As defined by FAO, Conservation agriculture aims to achieve sustainable and profitable agriculture and subsequently aims at improved livelihoods of farmers through the application of the three CA principles: minimal soil disturbance, permanent…

Planning Your Crop Rotation

A sound rotation has many benefits; here we discuss a few key points when planning to improve the performance of your farm. All plants have favoured soil types and climates which need to be appreciated when choosing which crops to introduce…

Building The Potential Of Your Maize Crop

In recent years there has been a trend among maize growers to apply Calcium Ammonium Nitrate (CAN) fertiliser to their crops in preference to Urea. The lower volatilisation risk in dry soils and the perceived neutral effect on soil acidity…

Agrobacterium - A Rose Grower’s Nightmare

Agrobacterium tumefaciens is a rod shaped gram negative motile bacteria that lives in the soil.  It has flagella that allow it to swim through moisture films in soil and on plants.  On its own its harmless, but when combined with the Ti plasmid…