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close this bookBetter Farming Series 17 - Groundnuts (FAO - INADES, 1977, 40 p.)
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When to cultivate

41. The first cultivation should be done soon after applying fertilizers, so that weeds do not feed on the fertilizer.

Cultivate again every time you see weeds growing. In any case, you must cultivate when the groundnut plants are in flower; cultivators loosen the soil, and the gynophores can more easily enter the soil.

When you cultivate at flowering time, earth up each plant a little; this will give the pods more earth to develop in.

Three months after sowing, stop cultivating. By this time, the groundnut stems and leaves cover the soil well enough, and cultivation might damage the pods.

Groundnut not earthed up

Earthed up groundnut