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close this bookBetter Farming Series 07 - Crop Farming (FAO - INADES, 1976, 29 p.)
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close this folderPlan of work
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close this folderHow to till
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View the documentHarrowing
close this folderSowing
View the documentChoosing seed
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View the documentSowing in rows
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View the documentTransplanting
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View the documentWeeding
View the documentEarthing up
View the documentHoeing
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close this folderHarvesting
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close this folderHow to get a better price for the harvest
View the documentGrade your crops.
View the documentStore your harvest well.
View the documentFarmers get together to sell.
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With some soils the surface gets hard after rain; a crust of earth is formed. Water rises in the crust as it rises in lumps of earth {see Booklet No. 4, page 30).

· The earth crust must be broken up to prevent the water rising. This is called hoeing.


· Rain that falls on a well- hoed soil goes in easily. It does not run off the surface. It is not wasted.

· Hoeing is done with a hand hoe or with an animal- drawn cultivator.

Weeding often serves both purposes: it gets rid of weeds and breaks up the soil crust.