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CRISTALINA has been available for some time and has delivered excellent results wherever it has been used. It was planted for the first time on the farm Geluk in the Crecy district in 2016 and gave an outstanding performance. The crop was sown on heavy clay soil on 4 March and started to fall by the end of July. The bulbs were lifted from 5 August onwards and clipped by 5 September after which marketing began. This sowing date is the optimal slot for the area and no bolting was seen. The crop was sown at a density of 820 000 seeds/Ha and the final yield achieved was 94.12 tons/Ha. Mr.C.P.Kloppers was the manager of this exceptional crop and ascribes the result to attention to detail and daily monitoring. This allows quick response to any potential problems. An important tool used in this case was the leaf analysis taken every two weeks. Any nutrient shortage or imbalance could then be addressed by the use of foliar feeds. The results are clear from the accompanying pictures! Onion yields such as this do not simply happen, congratulations to the team that accomplished it.


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