Sectors - Fresh Produce
Fresh produce markets: how far we have come

I wrote my first column for Farmer’s Weekly 15 years ago and today I’m about to embark on #750.
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Seedlings and seedling trays

Some farmers think that seedlings should not be kept too long because they will not be as productive. They are partly right, but age matters less than physiological development.
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Superspud!

At a recent Potatoes South Africa (PSA) information day, I learnt a number of facts about our favourite vegetable (and the biggest-selling crop on our fresh produce markets).
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Hardening vegetable seedlings

A Highveld farmer I knew once desperately needed seedlings and turned to a supplier in another region.
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Ensuring realistic prices

The debate over food prices continues to hold centre stage. This is understandable, given that poor families in South Africa spend roughly a third of their household incomes on food, according to Statistics SA.
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Get to know your seedling grower

To produce optimal results, seedlings must be in good condition when planted, and thereafter cared for properly until they are established.
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Shelf life: a price driver

Senescence is the aging of fruit and vegetables until final decay, when they have to be discarded.
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Pest control with benefical insects

If allowed to flourish, predators and parasitoids can control certain pests almost entirely.
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The four pillars of the fresh produce market

Market management and agents. Infrastructure. Farmers. Buyers. These are the four pillars of the fresh produce market.
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Using IPM for diamondbacks

My interest in integrated pest management (IPM) was sparked many years ago when carrying out brassica trials.
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This week's poll
Have you received any aid or assistance for drought relief?
Yes, it has been a saving grace.
I received some assistance, but not enough.
No, I don’t know how or where to apply.
I have not been affected by the drought.
Last week's poll
How do you guard against stock theft on your farm?
I am a member of a community watch group on WhatsApp. (29.08%)
Security guards patrol my farm day and night. (21.99%)
I have high fences and gates that are locked at all times. (33.33%)
There’s no need for preventative measures. I haven’t been targeted yet. (15.6%)
I am a member of a community watch group on WhatsApp. (29.08 %) Security guards patrol my farm day and night. (21.99 %) There’s no need for preventative measures. I haven’t been targeted yet. (15.60 %) I have high fences and gates that are locked at all times. (33.33 %) I am a member of a community watch group on WhatsApp. (29.08 %) Security guards patrol my farm day and night. (21.99 %) There’s no need for preventative measures. I haven’t been targeted yet. (15.60 %)
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