By Emilie Abraham
THE season for planting has officially arrived and farmers should be busy preparing the land for the cultivation and planting of grains like pearl millet (mahangu), sorghum and maize, and vegetables like, pumpkin, runner bean, water melon and tomatoes.
Establishing a crop means that seeds or seedlings are placed in the ground at a certain time – referred to as planting time.
If the crop establishes itself poorly, the yield potential is immediately limited.
Thus, a significant relationship exists between the time you plant and the crop yield you obtain. To ensure that the optimum yield is realised, crop producers need to take into consideration factors such as the correct time for planting, the plant spacing and the depth of seeding (sowing depth).
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