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From December till February, protect fruit plants from frost damage

When trying to protect orchards from frost damage, gardeners should think in terms of frost management. From December till February, fruit trees are exposed to severe cold and frost, so gardeners should take immediate measures to protect plants from frost damage. Evergreen plants such as lychee, papaya, banana and lime are highly susceptible to cold and frost and can lead ...

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Export of Kinnow will boost Economy

Pakistan is one of the leading producers of Kinnow in the world. This country has one of the most favorable weather conditions to produce the best quality Kinnow. Export of Kinnow will boost Economy of the Country. Kinnow of Sargodha has its own distinct identity in the world in terms of its quality and sweetness. Now the production is spreading ...

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To protect mango orchards from mealybugs, bands should be placed around the stem

Mealy bug is among  the most abundant and destructive pest of mango that play a major role in bringing down the fruit quality and yield. To protect mango orchards from the expected loss of mealybugs, during last week of November and first week of December, place bands around plant stem at a height of two to three feet so that ...

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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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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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