4 Steps to help an Orange Tree Produce Sweet Oranges

4 Steps to help an Orange Tree Produce Sweet Oranges

Quick-draining soil Organic compost Fertilizer Orange tree seedling Pruning shears Orange trees require additional resources to bloom and bear fruit.Sweet oranges, or round oranges, are some of the most popular home orchard fruits in the country. These trees grow from 25 to 50 feet tall to provide dark green foliage, sweet orange blooms and a…

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Methods of Livestock Breeding in the Tropical Environment

Methods of Livestock Breeding in the Tropical Environment

The much wider gap between performance of tropical livestock species and those of the temperate climate demand a critical review and consideration by learners and practitioners of animal production. A foundation course in animal production, such as this, requires students to be acquainted with the existence of the performance gap which has often been attributed to genetic, environmental, and genetic-environment interaction variables. The essence of familiarization with this challenge may stimulate the desire to finding ways of meeting domestic demands and reducing the performance gap. The identity and measures of…

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Mechanism of Animal Body Defence against Stress

The Concept of Animal Energy Balance in the Physical Environment

The concept of fitness of farm animal body extends from ability to survive now and withstand environmental demands in future, to ability to produce sufficiently to justify cost of domestication. Homesostatis, Physiological, Biological and Genetic adaptations are concepts in understanding the means by which animal cope with their environment. The concept of energy balance forms the central pivot which tilts the environmental stress in different directions for animal to respond. Meanwhile, effective responses of animals to environmental stress often result in depressed productivity even in attempt to apply mechanism a…

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The Effect of Heat Stress on Animal Productivity

The Effect of Heat Stress on Animal Productivity

Generally heat stress result in increase in the blood volume and a decline in red blood count. However, longtime heat stress at moderate level leads to haemo-concentration as a result of heat loss. Heat loss also creates an acid surplus due to formation of lactate, metabolic or respiratory acidiosis which may exhaust the bicarbonate buffer system of the blood resulting in a fall of Pᴴ. The increase in blood volume also leads to a drop in total protein concentration.  The decline in tyroxine secretion is accompanied by increase in ACTH…

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The Concept of Animal Energy Balance in the Physical Environment

The Concept of Animal Energy Balance in the Physical Environment

With regards to Animal Energy Balance, since mammals and avian that form bulk of farm animals are homeotherms and hence maintain a constant body temperature, they possess means for producing and losing heat during extreme cold or heat muscular activities form the animal heat gain. Hear Production: Animal produce heat when transforming chemical energy of food into work. Under normal circumstances a grazing animal while in the sun may gain heat directly or indirectly from solar radiation. The added solar heat and metabolic heat generated from food and muscular activities…

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Adaptive Means of Animals Coping with the Environment

The Concept of Animal Production on Agriculture

Temporary acclimatization has to do with animals adaptation to or tolerance to, a short duration of heat stress rather than to more moderate continuous heat stress. Temporary acclimatization effect of the heat stress. The wide changes in heat stress between the day and night in three dry zone and between seasons of the year readily prepare animal to acclimatize and adapt easily. Permanent acclimatization to climate stress may be due to changes in the behavior of the animal or to changes in physiological relations that may or may not be…

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Measures of Improving Field Crops Production in Nigeria

Measures of Improving Field Crops Production in Nigeria

Let us have a critical look at the measures of improving field crops production using Nigeria as a case study. Therefore below are some of the basic measures of improving field crops production. Development of Infrastructure To achieve accelerated development in food crops production in Nigeria there is need to have a market orientation approach toward production process. Without selling their produce, farmers cannot usually raise enough cash necessary for farm maintenance and improvement , whether in form of a new plough, seed or fertilizer, extra labor or insecticide nor…

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Complete List of Crops Introduced into Africa

Complete List of Crops Introduced into Africa

There are many crops widely grown in Africa, that are introduced from other regions of the world into Africa. The most notable among them include the following: Cereals Rice ——— Oryzasativa Wheat ——— Triticumaestivum Grain legumes Groundnuts ——— Arachis HypogaeaCommonbean——- Phaseolus VulgarisFieldPea ——— Pisumspp. Roots and tubers Cassava ——– Manihot esculanta Cocoyam ——— Colocasia esculenta Water yam ——— Dioscorea alata Tannia ——– Xanthosoma sagittifolium Sweet potato ——— Ipomoea batatas Oil-seed Sesame ———- Sesamum Indicum Fiber crops Cotton ——— Gossypium Barbadense Hirsutum Sisil ——— Agave sisalana Sugar crops Sugar cane ———…

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Trends in Crop Production Nationally and Globally

Trends in Crop Production Nationally and Globally

When looking at the trends in crop production both Nationally and Globally, then it is only right to say that Agricultural growth contributes directly to food security. It also supports poverty reduction and acts as an engine of overall economic growth in much of the developing world. The success of the agricultural sector has not been shared uniformly across regions and countries, however, and it is unclear whether this success can be sustained much less extended to those left behind. Trends in Crop Production Nationally and Globally Now let us…

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The Complete Classification of Crops

The Complete Classification of Crops

Today we are going to discuss about the complete classification of crops. All crops are classified into different groups. Basically there are two major classification of crops plants which include: Botanical classification which is based on the morphological similarity of plants parts Agronomic / Economic classification is based on their uses 1) Botanical Classification of Crops This classification of crops is based upon similarity of plant parts. Field crops belong to the spermatophyte division of the plant kingdom, in which reproduction is carried on by seeds. Within this division the…

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