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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
View the documentWhen to sow
close this folderHow to sow
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View the documentSowing in rows
View the documentSowing in rows by hand
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View the documentTransplanting
close this folderLooking after the crops
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.
View the documentSuggested question paper


Farmers have the habit of sowing in seed holes. The farmer makes a little hole with a stick or hoe, drops in several seeds and covers them with soil.

Some seed, such as rice, is sown broadcast; that is, it is thrown into the air, and falls all over the place.

Then a harrow is drawn to mix the seed with the soil.


But the seed falls anywhere.

Sometimes the plants are too close together and get in each other's way when growing.

Sometimes the plants are not close enough. They do not make full use of the soil. With broadcast sowing it is not possible to get the right density (see Booklet No. 1, page 26).

When you want to get rid of weeds, you walk on the young plants and often spoil them.