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Pride in potatoes

Stephan Fourie, who produces potatoes near Frankfort in the Free State, believes that three pillars support success in farming: an excellent product, sound management and good labour relations.
Precision farming a must for the future - O’Neill

Sugarcane farmer Brad O’Neill won the 2015 Nedbank Eston Show’s Farmer of the Year and Best Milling Cane award in the category 10 000t to 20 000t delivered in the 2014 season.
Reduce losses with this drought strategy

Fruit farmers in the Ceres Valley will have to manage their water strategically this season, as parts of the region received less than half the annual rainfall. Louis Reynolds of Fruitful Crop Advice provides some tips on reducing water losses.
The value of nets in citrus and table grape production

The farm Matroozefontein has the most westerly citrus orchards and table grape vineyards in Southern Africa. In this arid area, farming under nets has proved a success.
Integrated systems for optimal results

All the production processes in the Uys family’s mixed farming enterprise, from grazing management to cash crops and cover crop production, occur in rotation to benefit one another as well as the soil.
Secrets of a visionary fruit farmer

Western Cape fruit farmer Aat Hoekstra (85) recently received the South African fruit industry’s OSH Reinecke Industry Leader Award for 2015. The British Journal of Fresh Produce has also referred to him as South Africa’s fruit-breeding pioneer. He shared his wisdom with Glenneis Kriel.
Karsten Boerdery: International fruit giant

Recently named the Agricultural Writer of SA’s Farmer of the Year for 2015, Piet Karsten has built a farming empire on the Orange River, where some of SA’s top export fruit is grown. Susan Marais visited the Karsten Group’s headquarters in Kanoneiland in the Northern Cape to learn more.
Putting the soil first

Soil quality determines the quality of produce, the volume of water needed to produce it and ultimately the production cost. Restoring degraded soil takes time, but thereafter production costs plummet. Jay Ferreira spoke to organic nut farmer Jeremy Bryant to learn more.
Seeing the drought in context

Viewing the current drought in the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal within its historical context allows us to understand it better – and forecast more accurately what is to come. This is according to Dr Johan Malherbe from the Agricultural Research Council’s Institute for Soil, Climate and Water.
Serious about seed potatoes

CEO of Agrivan Farming in North West, Werner du Plessis, spoke to Gerhard Uys about farming seed potatoes and how his business has remained at the top of its game for over 25 years.
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This week's poll
What are you hoping to hear from President Jacob Zuma in the #SONA2016?
The drought will be declared a national disaster.
Tougher measures to be put in place for the alleviation of crime, especially rural crime.
An action plan for creating a million jobs in the agriculture sector.
I don’t waste my time watching. Every year it’s the same.
Last week's poll
How are you coping with the current drought?
I have planned ahead and stored feed (4.32%)
Culling cattle (25.07%)
I am not planting this year (24.23%)
Praying for rain (39.14%)
I need help (7.24%)
Culling cattle (25.07 %) I am not planting this year (24.23 %) I have planned ahead and stored feed (4.32 %) I need help (7.24 %) Praying for rain (39.14 %) Culling cattle (25.07 %) I am not planting this year (24.23 %) I have planned ahead and stored feed (4.32 %) I need help (7.24 %) Praying for rain (39.14 %)
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