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FIELD CROPS

Field crops are those crops that are grown mostly in open and exposed fields, such as cotton, tobacco, maize, wheat, and legumes (soya and sugar beans, among many others), i.e. any herbaceous plant in the field for purposes of producing forage, grain, sugar, oil, fibre or any other processed products for human and/or animal consumption and commercial and/or industrial use.

Field crops have through the years, been modified to make them more palatable, to improve their nutrition (such as increased sugars, vitamins, proteins, and other biochemical advantages) and also to make them easier to handle and process.

The immediate and most urgent thrust the world over is to adapt field crops to a level where they can cope with climate change-threatening the global production and supply of food. A lot of breeding and genetic engineering has gone into the production of new crop varieties which are more drought tolerant, earlier maturing, herbicide-ready and pest and disease-ready.

You will find on OneAcre, various field crops grown in Zimbabwe, as well as many other parts of the world for purposes of feeding both people and animals, and for use in many other branches of commerce and industry like medicine and chemical manufacturing. We will present you with production manuals, outlining specialised production techniques for these crops under the ever-changing and challenging conditions presented by climate change.

Our current crop focus is on:

You will find instructional manuals and training programs on how to farm these crops on a commercial scale, their mechanisation, processing, packing and marketing.

Due to climate change, we encourage our farmers to adopt a holistic approach in running their farm enterprises, accessing other vital information on the site about other enterprises and processes which they can integrate into their operations, to set up a viable and profitable climate-smart agro-enterprise. Climate change will not distinguish between smallholder and commercial farmers, therefore every farmer must understand the basics and take advantage of climate change to roll-out a profitable agribusiness that is not only resilient but sustainable enough to deal with the global crisis at hand.