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In 2014, the Cederberg Tree Nursery produced 100 000 citrus trees a year. Two years later, after its acquisition by ANB...
There are many sources of good cattle, both registered (stud) and commercial. It is best to purchase from a successful...
Security advisor Henk Boshoff says that farmers should avoid becoming soft targets for potential farm attackers. He spoke to Gerhard...

SA expected to regain net maize export status

It is expected that South Africa will regain its status as a net exporter of maize with the second biggest maize crop on record since 1980, forecast for this season.

FAO hosts fall armyworm workshop in Kenya

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation in Southern Africa (FAOSA) is hosting a two-day meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, to discuss the region’s response to fall armyworm (FAW). The meeting...
Vigorous growth predicted for global hazelnut market

Vigorous growth predicted for global hazelnut market

The international hazelnut market is set for robust growth over the next decade, according to market researchers.

How to reduce tortoise electrocution mortalities

Thousands of tortoises are inadvertently killed by electric fences in South Africa each year. Yet there are simple, practical steps that farmers can take to stop this. Dr Luke Arnot...

Biological farming ensures dairy farm’s success

For 15 years, the Muller family, near George, has been using biological farming methods and no-till practices. Their pasture-reared dairy herd is thriving and can be directly traced to the...

The rise and fall of ornamental fish culture

The hobby of keeping exotic ornamental fish in a home aquarium is nowhere near as popular as it once was.

Dealing with eelworm

Eelworm is generally considered the world’s worst crop pest.

Working as a market agent

The daily sales process is like a finely-tuned machine, and like any machine, it needs oil. In this case, that oil is communication.

Maize production: Managing critical plant growth stages

There is more to a maize land than meets the eye. It is a mass production facility with thousands of efficient ‘factories’ per hectare, each storing the sun’s energy through...
Innovation drives citrus nursery’s 450% production increase

Innovation drives citrus nursery’s 450% production increase

In 2014, the Cederberg Tree Nursery produced 100 000 citrus trees a year. Two years later, after its acquisition by ANB Investments, the nursery produces more than 550 000 citrus trees annually.
New Holland BigBaler: Baling at 32t/hour!

New Holland BigBaler: Baling at 32t/hour!

New Holland’s field trial of its BigBaler 1290 demonstrated remarkable productivity: 1 254 bales averaging 434kg in 17 hours.
New Holland at EIMA

New Holland at EIMA

Before putting together a feeding schedule, confirm the properties of the available feed.
There are many sources of good cattle, both registered (stud) and commercial. It is best to purchase from a successful...
Raising cattle properly requires money, land and skill. Do you have enough of each to enter this business? Equally importantly,...

Animal health: Rabies

It is time once more for our annual warning about this deadly disease. Rabies can strike any warm-blooded animal and...

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Hydroponics: planning your project

Hydroponics: planning your project

The saying, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail” is certainly applicable to intensive farming systems such as hydroponics and aeroponics. Planning should encompass climate control, handling, processing,...

Hydroponics: know your plants’ growth requirements

In this instalment of our series on alternative crop production methods, international hydroponics consultant, Prof Gert Venter, outlines the various elements that plants need for optimal growth.
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Is hydroponics the answer to global food challenges?

In the first of a series on alternative crop production methods, international hydroponics consultant, Prof Gert Venter, explores hydroponics as a viable solution to global food security challenges, including water...
Tell a story and turn your produce into a brand

Tell a story and turn your produce into a brand

To capture the increasingly discerning consumer market, farmers have to learn how to use public relations and social media strategies effectively. Public relations expert and journalist, Brian Berkman, provides some valuable...
Traditional tourist cottage

Traditional tourist cottage

Stephen, for whom I had previously done design work, recently approached me with a further request for cost-effective tourist accommodation in a rural, farm-style design.
Lakenvlei Forest Lodge

Visit Lakenvlei Forest Lodge

Lakenvlei Forest Lodge in Mpumalanga, is situated in a 4 500ha pine plantation near Belfast, and offers a truly laid-back holiday experience.

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