Sectors - Conservation agriculture
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Success with livestock & conservation farming

This year the annual Grassland Society of South Africa’s Peter Edwards Award was shared by Arnold Griesel and Kobus Marais. They discuss how conservation farming has worked for them.
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Veld recovery after fire

Farmers in semi-arid grassveld regions should not graze recently-burnt veld too soon. Ecologically, this is the worst thing to do as it compounds grazing problems.
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Sustainable fynbos harvesting – join now!

The Cape Floristic Region (CFR) is home to more than 9 000 indigenous plant species. Collectively, these plants are known as fynbos, from the Dutch fijnbosch – fine (leafed) bush. It is the richest floral region in the world.
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Is your soil healthy?

Healthy soil has certain biological, chemical and physical components that interact and will influence one another, says Dr Pieter Swanepoel, a soil quality, plant and pasture scientist at the Western Cape department of agriculture.
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The hero called humus

The verdict is out – humic acids can boost yield and save on costs.
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A plan for the pepperbark tree

The Warburgia project works towards conserving the endangered pepperbark while accommodating cultural traditions and the needs of communities bordering the Kruger National Park. Project leader, Michele Hofmeyr, talks to Nan Smith.
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Increase profits with Biological farming

Biological farming can help to increase profit, but it’s crucial to plan carefully, start small and persist despite initial failure.
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Savannah management: hands-off, but not haphazard

Kruger National Park conservation manager Dr Freek Venter explains the gradual but fundamental shift in the management of the park as it embraces biodiversity.
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What is drip fertigation?

Drip fertigation might be ideal for infertile desert sands, but it’s not suited to biological farming.
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Bird's-foot serendipity

The ‘pretty yellow-flowered one’ - bird's-foot is suitable for almost all conditions.
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