|Better Farming Series 15 - Cereals (FAO - INADES, 1977, 51 p.)|
|What are food crops?|
|What cereals are grown in Africa?|
|Why cereals are grown|
|Why we should produce and sell more cereals|
|Traditional cereal growing|
|Growing cereals in the modern way|
|Clearing land and grubbing out trees|
|Conserving and improving the soil|
|Applying manure and fertilizers|
|Preparing the soil|
|Selecting and preparing seeds|
|Sowing in rows|
|How to look after cereals|
|Selling part of the harvest|
|Sorghum and millet|
|How to grow sorghum and millet|
|Growing sorghum in the dry season|
|Sorghum for animal feeding|
|Traditional maize growing|
|How to increase maize yields|
|Suggested question paper|
VARIETIES OF MAIZE
· There are many varieties of
· Soft maize The grain has no hard husk, and it is very floury;
· Hard maize
The grain has a hard husk.
It can be kept for a fairly long time.
· Sweet maize
It is eaten before ripening.
· There is also the difference in colour between white maize and yellow maize.
When the maize plants are still green, they can be used as fodder. Silage can also be made from them.
Some parts of Africa could produce more maize to feed the growing population and to feed the animals better.
Maize could also be grown to sell to foreign countries.
In a maize plant, stamens and ovaries are in different flowers.