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On vegetable farms, growers grapple with harvest demands and coronavirus risks
In a field near the town of Wellton last week, a crew of workers stooped down and cut heads of iceberg lettuce, following a machine that rolled loaded boxes on a conveyor belt to a trailer. The men and women worked side-by-side in groups of two, stripping off excess leaves, wrapping each head of lettuce in plastic and packing box after box.The farms around...
How To Prevent Stunt Nematodes
You may never have heard of stunt nematodes, but that doesn’t mean that these microscopic worms aren’t affecting you. What are stunt nematodes? These destructive pests are among the plant parasites that cause the most damage to field and vegetable crops in the country. Once you understand the damage done by these pests, you’ll want to know how to...
Researchers advance in fight to control fall armyworm
Fall armyworm (FAW) was first discovered in South Africa in 2017, with outbreaks and damage to maize crops reported in North West and Limpopo. Since then, the pest has also been reported on potato crops in Mpumalanga.According to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization, FAW (Spodoptera frugiperda) is an insect native to tropical and subtropical regions...