Traditionally crops such as butternut and other squashes were directly sown. However, improved nursery techniques and production methods have revolutionised farming in South Africa resulting in the trend to plant seedlings rather than seed.
Using a well rooted, uniform seedling is the first step to a successful crop. The next is to plant it correctly. J-rooting and other planting mistakes can have significant economic consequences for farmers as the development of the crop can be negatively affected.
Die skielike aankoms van koue weer het boere van nuuts af aan die strawwe winter toestande van verlede jaar herinner. Baie gebiede wat gewoonlik nie deur ryp geraak word nie, is in die winter van 2011 geaffekteer.