Considering the unforeseen other factors, have you ever experienced that no matter how you nurture your crops it does not give you the expected output you want? Or no matter how you spend your money, time, and effort, no better results or improvement either? And you came questioning yourself, where do I lack or which part do I fail?
Does ring a bell? Hence, these all deal with right farming practices.
Thanks to science for developing technologies that helped me understand my soil. How? Through Soil Analysis. It helped me to best understand the soil I’m cultivating, to what kind of nutrients it may be lacking and how much to put in.
Right fertilization plays an important part in maintaining optimal soil’s condition for better produce. One of the fertilizers that I’m using is the 15-15-15 Complete Fertilizer.
It gives the macro-nutrients that vegetables needed, Nitrogen, Phosphorus, and Potassium for plant growth and development, and increases plant’s ability to withstand extreme hot and cold temperatures, pests and diseases. It also works with rice, corn, sugarcane, fruit-bearing trees, etc.
The other one that I’m using is the General Purpose Foliar Fertilizer.
A natural-acting foliar or soil-applied material designed to supplement the micro-nutritional requirements of most crops, either deficiency in magnesium, copper, zinc or iron, etc., it works really well. It can be done by either foliar or drench application.
Crop selection must be primarily determined base on soil and climate. It’s a good practice to select seeds or crops that are compatible with the environment you are planting. Seeds that are sustainable or hybrid developed to sustain unwanted conditions and to maximize yield.
Here’s one of the hybrid seeds that I’m using, Diamante Max F1.
What I love about this product is that it is a heat-tolerant variety and highly resistant to Tomato Yellow Leaf Curl Virus. Plus, it has high yield potential that produces 2-3 kgs per crop per cycle when nurtured well.
It is very important to do constant weeding as part of farming practices because weeds siphons’ nutrients away from crops and can be the habitat of disease carrier insects, called vectors. As the practice, I do it once a week.
As to pruning, I do it once a week as well, to give time to crops to heal cut parts. I removed unwanted crops’ parts to save energy to encourage growth and bear more fruits. Controlling the number of fruits and pruning late-blooming flowers are also part of my practices. By that, plants were able to produce fruits with equal bigger sizes.
Water management is essential for crops’ yield maximization and survival. Thus, it ensures crops are getting enough water without over- or under-watering. Developing drainage system can help prevent water logging and salinization in soil that both stifle crop growth and production.
In managing crop’s pests and diseases, it’s best to determine the specific crops’ pests and diseases in order to have the right judgments on what to use and how much to apply to avoid mistreatment and save cost.
For instance, in dealing with fungus I’m using Dithane M-45.
It’s a broad spectrum protectant fungicide used to control many fungal diseases like blight, leaf spot, rust, downy mildew, anthracnose etc., in fruits and leafy vegetables. It is best applied early in the morning or late in the afternoon.
It’s important to note that Good Agriculture Practice should be followed religiously (following the right protocols and proper of application) to ensure the safety of the user of the product and consumer of the produce.
It is the systematic cultivation of different crops in particular order over several cycles in the same growing field (e.g. from leafy to leguminous vegetables). By this practice, soil structure will improve, increase water-holding capacity, reduced soil erosion, improve pest and disease control, and improve crop production.
With these ideas, these will help you have good farming practices to put into action and start improving your crops’ yield.
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