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Sweet potato weevil (Cylas formicarius)

Sweet potato weevil1)Credit of featured image by Author Graham Wise from Brisbane, Australia https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Cylas_formicarius_(14576849194).jpg can be devastating in Africa. losses between 732)N.E.J.M.Smit,“The effect of the indigenous cultural practices of in-ground storage and piecemeal harvesting of sweetpotato on yield and quality losses caused by sweetpotato weevil in Uganda,” Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment,vol.64,no. 3, pp. 191–200, 1997.-1003)K.…

Propagating, planting and harvesting sweet potatoes

Planting material Sweet potatoes are propagated vegetatively through vines (or runners) which are cut up in cuttings, each 300-400mm long. Most other crops are propagated with seed, which comes from the reproductive parts of the plant. Selecting disease and insect free material from a reputable supplier is the first cheap step in reducing spray cost…

Sweet potato soil requirements

growing sweet potatoes africa

Sweet potato soil requirements are similar to many other vegetable crops. Good high quality soil is the first step towards good yields, it is not a guarantee, but it helps. The soil texture, structure and chemical composition significantly influences root growth, which is where the tubers grow. Any part of the soil that restricts root…