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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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Hydroponics: basic mistakes and how to avoid them

In the second instalment of our series on alternative crop production methods, international hydroponics consultant, Prof Gert Venter, highlights common mistakes made by farmers.
The common earwig (Forficula auricularia) attacking a stemborer.

Beneficial insects can help farmers control pests

Crop farmers often unknowingly lump all insects into the ‘destructive’ category. However, according to Dr Annemie Erasmus of the Agricultural Research Council’s Grain Crops Institute, many are beneficial to crop...
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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...
The Greendrum system

Ultrasonic sound used in drip irrigation line cleaning

An ultrasound cleaning technology for drip irrigation systems, produced by SA inventor Leon Lingnau and marketed as Greendrum, was proven to be highly effective during recent trials by the Agricultural...

A naturally potent biocide

Eco-Lyte is an environmentally-friendly disinfectant that eliminates pathogens. Gerhard Uys spoke to Rowan McDonald, chief technical officer at ECA Technologies Africa, about the new technology.
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New rootstock evaluation protocol

The fruit industry is devising a new rootstock evaluation system to improve its competitiveness.
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Super-efficient irrigation: tips for crop farmers

To ensure agricultural sustainability in South Africa, it is crucial that more efficient irrigation systems be implemented. Agricultural resource manager, Felicity Mitchell, explains how this can be achieved.
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SA scientists lend a hand to control Australian wheat pest

The Russian wheat aphid (RWA), a pest well known to South African farmers, recently surfaced in Australia, and SA scientists are assisting with the development of RWA-resistant cultivars.
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Study on origin of grassy savannas

The loss of Africa’s browsing antelope may threaten the future of savannas, a new study has found.
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New low-chill apple varieties

The new Afri apple varieties could potentially extend the local season by two months.

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