Cassava planter

Mechanization of Cassava Production Systems

Cassava, or manioc (Manihot esculenta ), is a root crop which, perhaps much to the surprise of folks outside the tropic regions of the world, accounts for approximately 30% of the planet’s production of root and tuber-based food crops; although there is a certain lack of mechanization of Cassava production.  This perennial woody shrub grows to a height between 1-3 meters in height, with palmate leaves and cone-shaped roots.  Starch is stored in the root, and covered with a [...]

Raised Bed Maker on Subcompact Tractor

Raised Bed Farming

Many small farms are converting from flat land field management to raised beds.  There are several considerations to go through before converting to raised beds that we’ll cover here. “Raised-beds are a type of planting crops in which furrows – long, narrow trenches made in the ground by a plow – are widely spaced and crops are planted on raised strips. The width of the strips is determined to ensure homogeneous adequate water distribution into the soil profile to meet [...]

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