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  • Irrigation of beetroot It has already been mentioned in previous articles that the soil must be kept moist until the seedlings emerge. Light regular water applications must be…
  • Sowing beetroot seed commercially Sowing beetroot commercially Sowing beetroot is a practice used by commercial farmers. They are not planted with seedlings. Once the seed is cleaned and salts…
  • Beetroot seed treatment Beetroot((By Downtowngal [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], from Wikimedia Commons)) seed treatment is mostly done by commercial seed companies. There are instances where local seed can…
  • Pigeon pea climatic requirements Pigeon pea climatic requirements The pigeon pea is susceptible to frost damage at all stages of growth.. The most favourable temperature range is between 18-29°C…
  • How to grow beetroot… Beetroot is not grown by many farmers. Mainly because the demand is not that great and commercial companies have the market share. A large portion…
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How to calculate the fertilizer requirements from soil analysis

Calculating fertilizer requirements for a crop is quite often more of an art than exact science.  The reason is that soil is a dynamic micro world on its own that changes continuously.  It is full of microscopic living organisms such as bacteria, viruses and insects that feed on it and break complex compounds down on…

Nutrient uptake of vegetable crops and calculating fertilizer requirements

fertilizer recommendation calculation bags vegetables

The nutrient uptake of vegetable crops are used to determine very rudimentary fertilizer recommendations if you have nothing else to go by. A lot of purists will be up and arms of these guideline tables, but none of them can come up with a simple method of determining fertilizer recommendations that an average non-scientific farmer…

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