Husbandry of selected crops (cereals)

Agricultural science SSS1 First Term

Week 5

Husbandry of selected crops (cereals)

Performance objectives

Students should be able to:

  1. State major husbandry practices.


Maize (Zea mays)

Maize also called corn, is a member of the grass family (Gramineae). It is a cereal crop which produces grains that can be used as food by human beings as well as livestock. The seed/fruit of maize is a caryopsis, i.e, it has its epicarp fused with the mesocarp.

Land preparation:

This is done by clearing the land or bush with a cutlass, making ridges or heaps manually with a hoe, or mechanically by ploughing, harrowing and ridging.

Varieties/ cultivars:

This includes dent maize, flint corn, flour corn, popcorn, sweet corn and pod corn.

Climatic and soil requirement:

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