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In recent years, the application of nuclear radiation in the agricultural sector has gained beneficial importance in optimising crop yields in terms of managing irrigation.

The profitability of maize production in the semi-arid regions of South Africa depends on the efficient use of limited rainfall. Maize profitability can vary widely due to the highly variable nature of rainfall, both in timing and quantity.

Precision farming is currently regarded as the most promising agronomic approach to improve sustainable crop production.

The increasing acceptance of precision farming as a mechanism to limit production risk and optimise profitability, while protecting the environment, has put enormous pressure on high-volume soil laboratories in the last decade. Sample turn-around times have become an important criterion for laboratories as producers depend on the results to make farming decisions.

Sucrose production in plants is one of the most fundamental steps of photosynthesis and a readily available source of energy for plant growth, maintenance and vitality. During the early 1800`s, Adolf Brix developed a quick method and scale, using refractometry, to measure sucrose levels for the wine and fermentation industries.

Precision farming is a concept that is seen in every magazine or publication nowadays and is defined and approached from every angle.

Predicting the future is a skill many farmers wish they could have.  After all, if one could predict the maize price six months from now or how much rain will fall within the next six weeks, one might find that farming would be infinitely easier.

Plant sap analysis or S.A.P. – special analytical procedure’ has a long history and dates back to the 1930s, it is only since the late 1970s that plant sap analysis has been used as a quick test for plant nutrient testing.

Precision farming is a concept that appears in nearly every publication nowadays, approached and defined from every angle.

There is a close, reciprocal relationship between yield and quality of fruit. High yield almost always leads to the production of a poorer quality fruit.