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When to harvest groundnut crop immediately?

Determining when to dig groundnut crop is highly important because maturity determines yield and quality. If harvesting is done early, large number of late formed pods will be immature and if it’s done late, either the early formed pods would get separated from the plant and remain in the soil, and moreover, over-mature peanuts can quickly lose peg strength, resulting ...

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Burning crop residues should be avoided.

Instead of burning, adding crop residues to the soil increases soil fertility and reduces reliance on chemical fertilizers. Burning of crop residue causes damage to the beneficial micro-organisms present in the upper layer of the soil as well as its organic matter. Smog is caused by burning rice stubbles and other crops residues and it is likely to adversely affect ...

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Weeds can reduce crop yield by 15 to 45 percent.

If proper measures are not taken for weed management then weeds can reduce crop yield by 15 to 45 percent. It can reach up to 50%, if completely ignored. Thus, it will lead to economic loss not only in the farming community but also at country level. Weeds increase production cost as these compete for nutrients and water. I f ...

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Is Honey Bee Farming Profitable?

Beekeeping is a profitable trade and involves simple management techniques as mostly bees usually look after themselves, with little need for tendering. It does not involve any land ownership; hives can be placed at suitable places. It is not intrusive as bees work along the natural patterns of local climatic conditions and provides positive impacts to the fauna and flora ...

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Land preparation for cultivating wheat in rainfed areas

Wheat crop requires a well pulverized but compact seed-bed for good and uniform seed germination. In rainfed areas, the field preparation should be done with care as conservation of moisture is dependent on it. Fields are usually prepared by giving one deep ploughing right after first monsoon rainfall followed by two to three ploughing with local plough and then planking. ...

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Weeds can reduce maize production up to 45%

Weeds are serious competitors in taking up nutrients relative to crop plants. Weeds can reduce maize production by up to 45%. While ensuring timely eradication of broadleaf weeds such as horse purslane, common goosefoot, broadleaf dock, field bindweed, slender amaranth, Bur clover, sweet clover, swinecress and narrow leaved weeds such as purple nutsedge, bermuda grass, jungle rice grass, egyptian grass, ...

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Farmers have been advised to avoid setting residues of paddy crops on fire, as it cause environmental degradation and smog as well in the winter

Farmers were in the habit to set on fire remains of paddy crops after its harvesting as they consider it was an easy and cheap way to dispose of residues of crop, but on other hand, their action causes serious damage to organic matters of earth. The smoke of paddy husks also creates air pollution which reciprocally causes smog during winter ...

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Important recommendations after cotton has been harvested

After the last picking of cotton, farmers should graze sheep, goats and other animals in the harvested field, so that these animals can eat affected bolls and leaves and it will help in controlling pink bollworm for the next season. After last picking, cotton sticks should be cut to a depth of six inches at ground level so that in ...

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Complete sowing of potatoes from 15th September to 20th October

In the plain areas of Punjab, especially during the spring, the number of pests that spread the virus is very high and therefore this crop is not suitable for better yield, while during the autumn crop from October to November. As long as the number of pests is low, the potato yield can be easily increased during this season. Autumn ...

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Cultivation of onion seedlings should be completed immediately

To grow quality transplants, growers should select a soil having good drainage and free from weeds. 2 to 3 kg seeds and 4 to 5 marla land will be required for preparing onion seedlings for cultivating onion in one acre. Before sowing, land should be thoroughly prepared and seedbeds should be properly made. In prepared seed beds, at a distance ...

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