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    Many reasons why mature maize stalks die and fall over

    by Emile van den Berg – Agronomy Manager of Pioneer SA Farmers find every year that maize plants fall over on some maize lands. This is caused by a series of stress factors which has an influence on stalk quality. Drought, a lack of sunlight, insect and disease stress and low fertility are some of […] More

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    SeedCo explains the impact of yield limiting factors on maize

    by Adrian Chibanga In our previous article, we focused on the yield advantages of SeedCo’s SC 647, even when it is grown in limiting environments. We reported on a 2019-2020 season yield that averaged 11,5 tonnes per hectare, harvested from a 50 hectares field by a farmer in Copperbelt Province. From this farmer’s experience, we […] More

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    Meet Pioneer’s superfast P1197 hybrid for a super yield

    by AJ Steyn, field agronomist, Pioneer SA Pioneer listen to what the farmers say and one of the clear messages they get, is that farmers want to increase their yield but, at the same time, lower their risk by planting quick-growing maize. The ultra-fast yellow irrigation hybrid, P1197YHR, as well as its P1197R variant, and […] More

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    Goeie nuus vir voedselsekerheid: Geskatte mielie-oes is 31% groter as in 2019

    Die grootte van die verwagte kommersiële mielie-oes is op 14,809 milj. ton gestel, wat 1,71% of 249 190 ton meer is as die vorige skatting van 14,560 milj. ton.  Die hersiene skatting van die oppervlakte onder mielies is 2,611 milj. ha, terwyl die verwagte opbrengs 5,67 t/ha is. Die geskatte mielie-oes is 31% groter as […] More

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    New from SeedCo: Another early maturing, climate smart and double cobbing maize hybrid

    by SeedCo Agronomy At the wise age of 80 years, product leadership continues to be SeedCo’s pride, as the company added another climate smart, early to mature and double cobbing hybrid maize variety, SC 419, to its product range. In a mission to establish food security in Africa and beyond, the SeedCo breeding pipeline continues […] More

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    Establishing a successful crop of maize: What you need to know

    by SeedCo Agronomy In this second and final edition of the SeedCo article series on establishing a successful crop of maize, we discuss seeding rates, depth of planting, nutritional requirements and crop protection. 1. Seeding rates and depth of planting •Seeding Rates: The recommended average plant population for maize for grain in Zambia is currently […] More

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    Establishing a successful crop of maize: What you need to know

    by Seed Co Agronomy The summer of the 2019/20 farming season is here, and this particular one meets a time when maize produc­tion is making rounds not only amongst people in the crop production sector in Zambia. Many people who use maize for food and livestock feed in this country and beyond are also ardent […] More

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    5 000 000 tonnes of maize? It’s possible!

    by Brian Mhango, Commercial Head for Syngenta Zambia The President, HE Edgar Chagwa Lungu, challenged the Zambian farmers during a recent field day event to produce five million tonnes of maize for the 2019/2020 season! I say this is no pipe dream – it’s possible and can be done. Roughly 1,4 million hectares of land […] More

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    Ensure a rich harvest: plant the Link Seed winning cultivars

    The best possible product and service for the farmer in an honest, trustworthy business environment. That is what Link Seed, an affiliate of Limagrain, offers in their endeavour to become the leader in the seed industry. The immense interest among the farmers who visited the Link Seed exhibit at this year’s Val Farmer’s Day again […] More

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    The state of the grain industry

    With grain, including maize, wheat and several other crops, set to remain the staple diet of South Africans for many years to come, it’s essential that the industry is supported in order to thrive. This is the view of AFGRI, one of South Africa’s leading agricultural companies, home to AFGRI Grain Management, which handles and […] More

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    For the best results, plant DEKALB maize

    Farmers flocked to Bayer’s stand at the Agritech Expo in Zambia to admire DEKALB cultivars. What they could see, was the result of months of careful planning and preparation. They planted demonstration plots of their three key hybrids in time to be ready for show-off during the big event. Most Zambian farmers produce on dryland, […] More

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    ProAgri’s maize cultivar name series – PIONEER® leads the field with new maize cultivars

    The first seed company in ProAgri’s series of maize seed names is PIONEER®; a well-known name in the agricultural environment. In 2012/2013 PIONEER® introduced a new naming system for their maize cultivars to enable the farmer to recognise at a glance what could be expected of each cultivar. The numbering ins and outs of a […] More

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