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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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    Maize cultivar names: From poetical to practical

    Romantic, descriptive names added atmosphere to the maize farming industry in the good old times before hybrid seed – when a yield of four or five tonnes per hectare was regarded as abundant and when a farmer could sustain a large family on 200 to 300 hectares. It is understandable that today, no maize farmer […] More

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    Seed Co breaks records in Mpongwe

    Abri Botha is a farmer who challenges the norms. He farms in the Mpongwe farming block and a huge part of his crops is maize. Since the maize price is desperately low and fixed, and farmers will always be price takers, most commercial farmers do not want to touch it, but Abri plants maize every […] More

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    Orange maize even more magnificent: CIAT-HarvestPlus reveals some important facts about orange maize

    Orange maize differs from yellow maize. Unlike yellow and white maize, orange maize contains compounds that turn into vitamin A in our bodies once the maize is consumed. Besides energy-giving calories, orange maize also provides additional nutrients that one can get from crops such as carrots, pawpaws, mangos and green vegetables. Orange maize contains four […] More

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    The effect of stress at different growth stages of maize

    by Gerhard Eloff, Omnia Area Manager Mkushi Stress can affect grain yield and in this article we are going to look at critical growth stages where stress can play a role in the eventual yield per hectare. The farmer can do little about stress brought about by natural conditions, but he can at least follow […] More

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    Crop estimates

    Zambia will maintain a ban on exports of the maize crop as it struggles to build strategic reserves. This comes on the back of increasing prices and strong regional demand. This is an attempt by the country to protect national food security to last until the next harvest. The government has indicated that there will […] More