In order to maintain profitable production of useful industrial crops, the Crop Science research focus area is equipped to study the importance of soil and crop cultivation practices in different environments on the growth, yield and quality of our mandated crops.

Fully equipped soil, water and plant analytical laboratories support researchers and farmers with data useful on fertilizer recommendations to optimise efficient use of expensive fertilisers.

Both commercial and small-scale producers are provided with optimum cultivation packages for cultivars in South Africa. Continuous testing programmes are conducted on newly bred or imported cultivars at different planting dates, plant populations and fertility levels to support the information data banks. Sensitivity of newly released cultivars to herbicides and the effectiveness of weed control programmes are continuously tested.