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close this bookBetter Farming Series 07 - Crop Farming (FAO - INADES, 1976, 29 p.)
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Sowing in rows

By sowing in rows you can:

· get rid of weeds more easily. The animal drawing the cultivator can walk between the rows. The work is done more quickly, and can be done more often.

· give each plant the same amount of fertilizer.

· apply water when possible.

It is better to sow in rows.

Sowing in rows

On sloping land, make the rows across the slope to stop erosion.

· As an example take groundnuts:

Leave 60 centimetres between rows. Leave 15 centimetres between seeds. This gives about 110 000 groundout plants to the hectare.