The Different Nutrients Required by Crops at each Growth Stage

The Different Nutrients Required by Crops at each Growth Stage

Let us look at the different nutrients required by crops at each growth stage, how they contribute to the growth of your crops and their ideal levels of applications. Growing happy, healthy plants is not always easy! Plants need thirteen different minerals from the soil in order to fully develop. Six of these nutrients are needed in large quantities. These six essential nutrients are nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, sulfur and calcium. See Also: The Difference between Manure and Fertilizers and How they Work WHAT DO THESE NUTRIENTS DO? Let us…

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The Difference Between Manure and Fertilizers and How they Work

The Difference Between Manure and Fertilizers and How they Work

INTRODUCTION Hello farmers and gardeners today we are here with a great information of The Difference Between Manure and Fertilizers. To increase agriculture, produce, the farmers work on improving the fertility of the soil, which is possible by adding both manure and fertilizer. When several crops are grown one after the other, it decreases the productivity of the soil. Though, this can be overcome by adding manures and fertilizers to the soil. This increases the yield of the plants and restores the productivity of the soil. Thus, manures and fertilizers…

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Comprehensive Guide on Growing Hydroponic Green Fodder

Comprehensive Guide on Growing Hydroponic Green Fodder

Growing hydroponic green fodder is gaining popularity as the day passes by. Hydroponic green fodder system has many benefits and through this system you can feed your animals with green fodder without the need of soil and the fodder is also highly nutritious as well as healthy for the animals. Hydroponics is actually a subset of hydroculture, which is a method of growing plants without soil. Green fodder is very important for raising milch animals and it provides required nutrients and mineral for the animals. Feeding cost is very high…

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Reasons Why Nigeria should Invest in Grass Production

Reasons Why Nigeria should Invest in Grass Production

The southward migration of herdsmen propelled by effects of climate change and desert encroachment, competition for land resources between herdsmen and local farmers make grass production imperative. Again, low level of animal production in the savanna zones of Nigeria is generally associated with the inability to get enough grass to feed their animals especially in the dry season. It is therefore the responsibility of government to ensure livelihood of both herders and farmers by identifying the needs and challenges faced by each group and come up with lasting solutions for…

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How to Grow Hydroponic Fodder to Feed your Animals

How to Grow Hydroponic Fodder to Feed your Animals

While fodder usually refers to dried hay or straw (typically containing things like sorghum or corn) used to feed livestock, hydroponic fodder is a sprouted grain that is fed to the animals as a living green dietary supplement. Source: Alexander Podshivalov / Dreamstime Takeaway: When we think about hydroponics, we often only consider products for human consumption. However, for many reasons, farmers are now looking for new ways to produce their own animal feed. Enter hydroponics. Hydroponic fodder is by no means a completely new concept and has been readily…

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8 Steps to Successful Perennial Pasture Establishment

8 Steps to Successful Perennial Pasture Establishment

The reliable establishment is vital to ensure high levels of production and longevity from perennial pastures. Perennial pasture seeds are generally small with seedlings that are delicate and slow-growing compared to most crops and many weeds. Greater care and attention to detail is therefore necessary to establish perennial pastures successfully. The following checklist of eight critical steps will help you achieve successful establishment and reduce the risk of failure. Optimum sowing times and species will vary with regions but the principles embodied in these eight steps will remain the same.…

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How to Grow Fodder in 6 Days and Feed your Cows on the 7th Day

How to Grow Fodder in 6 Days and Feed your Cows on the 7th Day

Mr Charles Ndegwa tends to use his hydroponics crops at his farm in Kiambu. PHOTO | GAKIHA WERU | NATION MEDIA GROUP In Summary I took my time to look for alternative methods that farmers in developed countries use to feed their animals during droughts. What do they do differently to increase and sustain milk, meat and egg production without increasing costs? I asked myself. In Australia, I discovered, they started using hydroponic fodder in 1940s. By the 1970s, other countries like India, Canada, America and South Africa had adopted…

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Sowing Guide for Different kind of Crops

 Every crop farmer must be aware of the specie he/she wants to cultivate, the average number of seeds, the quantity for sowing per hectare and the crop density (Number of plants per hectare). This will help the farmer understand what his or her expectations are from the crops to be planted. Below is a comprehensive sowing guide for different types of crops according to their specie, average number of seeds (grams), quantity required for sowing (in kilogram) and the crop density i.e. number of required plants per hectare. Species Average…

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Cross River State Blaze a trail: Nigeria Agro-Industrialization has just began

Cross River State Blaze a trail: Nigeria Agro-Industrialization has just began

By David Peter In spite of the oil, agriculture remains the base of the Nigerian economy, providing the main source of livelihood for most Nigerians for more than 30% of the population. The sector faces many challenges, notably an outdated land tenure system that constrains access to land (1.8 ha/farming household), a very low level of irrigation development (less than 1 percent of cropped land under irrigation), limited adoption of research findings and technologies, high cost of farm inputs, poor access to credit, inefficient fertilizer procurement and distribution, inadequate storage…

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Introduction to Hydroponics Garden – A Guide for Beginners

Introduction to Hydroponics Garden - A Guide for Beginners

By definition, growing hydroponically means a grower isn’t using soil as a growing medium. In fact, the word hydroponics comes from Latin and means working water. The intent and scope of this article is not to provide a concise and complete set of instructions for growing hydroponically, but to provide a general overview of the various steps and processes so novice gardeners have a better idea of what may be involved. As always, do thorough research on each of the various aspects yourself to maximize your chance for success. All…

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Urban Organic Vegetables, Herbal and Spices Growing

Urban Organic Vegetables, Herbal and Spices Growing

Today we are going to be discussing about how to grow urban organic vegetables, as well as herbal and spices. Materials needed: 1. Planting media (soil, saw dust, water, dry grass etc). For holding the roots of a plant. 2. Charcoal dust (cooling agent) 3. Hard wood ash. (balancing the acidity and alkalinity of the soil. “pH”) 4. Lake sand (aeration) 5. Manure, (plant feeds) 6. Seeds / seedlings. 7. Mulches (coffee husks are the best) Mixing all the Materials Mix the materials (planting media, charcoal dust, lake sand, Manure…

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