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    Improve your soil quality with effective sampling

    Tobacco farmers in Zimbabwe are preparing for the coming planting season. Part of this process is raising the seedlings that will be transplanted onto the fields later in the year. To ensure the best possible outcome, the conditions in which the seedlings are planted need to be perfect. This includes having healthy soil that contains […] More

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    Manage soil compaction pro-actively and improve yields

    One cannot harvest where no seed was planted! This is logic. But what do you do when the heavy implements used to till the lands is actually the cause of a smaller harvest; when the combined weight of tractors and implements is the cause of the soil being compressed and thus having a negative influence […] More

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    Soil water sensors reveal subsoil conditions – Part 5: Calibration of instruments

    by Frikkie Koegelenberg, Pr Eng and Hendrik Jordaan In the last edition of this series, we take a quick look at the calibration of instruments and the importance thereof. We thank the ARC Agricultural Engineering in South Africa for making their manual on soil water sensors available to the readers of ProAgri Zambia. Calibration is […] More

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    Soil water sensors reveal subsoil conditions – Part 4: Frequency delay measurements by means of capacitance and heat pulse measurements

    by Frikkie Koegelenberg, Pr Eng and Hendrik Jordaan Frequency delay measurement is based on the measurement of the dielectrical constant of soil or materials. The frequency delay measurement is also called the radio frequency (RF) capacitance technique. We thank the ARC Agricultural Engineering in South Africa for making their manual on soil water sensors available […] More

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    Soil preparation: Seize the big window of opportunity this planting season!

    Opinion piece by Dr Ben Ngwene, AGCO While the Southern African region endures a persisting drought that started back in October 2018, planting season 2019 is fast approaching. Farmers have to make crucial decisions on how to recover from last season’s double-digit decline in crop harvests. Land preparation is where everything begins. This is the […] More

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    Soil water sensors reveal subsoil conditions

    Part 1: The feel method, gravitational soil water determination and electric resistance by Frikkie Koegelenberg, Pr Eng and Hendrik Jordaan Every farmer knows: If you apply too little water, your crops suffer; if you apply too much water, your bank account suffers. The decision depends on accurate knowledge of your soil water status. Fortunately, there […] More

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    SOIL: The producer’s most important asset

    ProAgri Zambia acknowledges Grain SA for the use of this series which originally appeared in Afrikaans in SA Graan/Grain. Martiens du Plessis, Soil Scientist, NWK Limited & Prof Cornie van Huyssteen, Lecturer: Soil Science, University of the Free State In the series ”Soil: The producer’s most important asset” the most important soil properties that influence […] More

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    SOIL: The farmer’s most important asset

    ProAgri Zambia acknowledges Grain SA for the use of this series which originally appeared in Afrikaans in SA Graan/Grain. Martiens du Plessis, Soil Scientist, NWK Limited & Prof Cornie van Huyssteen, Lecturer: Soil Science, University of the Free State In the previous two articles of this series, we discussed the first nine soil groups according […] More

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    SOIL: The farmer’s most important asset – PART 25: Soil classification (ii)

    By Martiens du Plessis, Soil Scientist, NWK Limited & Prof Cornie van Huyssteen, Lecturer: Soil Science, University of the Free State ProAgri Zambia acknowledges Grain SA for the use of this series which originally appeared in Afrikaans in SA Graan/Grain. When a specific body of soil is classified, the properties thereof may be easily communicated. […] More

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    SOIL: The farmer’s most important asset – PART 24: Soil classification (i)

    ProAgri Zambia acknowledges Grain SA for the use of this series which originally appeared in Afrikaans in SA Graan/Grain. In the previous two articles in this series, the soil formation factors and processes were discussed. With these factors and processes in action, it gives rise to a variety of chemical, physical and morphological characteristics. These […] More

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    SOIL: The farmer’s most important asset – PART 23: Soil formation processes

    ProAgri Zambia acknowledges Grain SA for the use of this series which originally appeared in Afrikaans in SA Graan/Grain. Soil does not form by chance, but as a result of the influence of the five soil formative factors: climate, organisms, topography, mother material and time. These soil formative factors control the soil formation processes that […] More

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    SOIL: The farmer’s most important asset

    By Martiens du Plessis, Soil Scientist, NWK Limited & Prof Cornie van Huyssteen, Lecturer: Soil Science, University of the Free State ProAgri Zambia acknowledges Grain SA for the use of this series which originally appeared in Afrikaans in SA Graan/Grain. Soil does not form by chance, but as a result of the influence of climate, […] More

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