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Making money out of popcorn

Thanks to new hybrids under trial at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, popcorn production in South Africa is set to explode.
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Leaving enough food in the pantry

On a game ranch, animal numbers must match available browse during winter, not summer, says Dr Beanélri Janecke, wildlife researcher at the University of the Free State.
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Slangbos – from invasive plant to valuable feed?

Slangbos, the plant that has drastically reduced the grazing capacity of millions of hectares in South Africa, can be turned into valuable winter fodder. This was discovered following years of work on Willem and Christine Cronje’s farm in the Zastron District.
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Mixed strategy farming helps beat climate change

Subsistence farmers are particularly vulnerable to climate change. Dr Byela Tibesigwa, a post-doctoral research fellow with the Environmental Policy Research Unit at the University of Cape Town, looked into how these farmers can limit their losses when farming conditions change.
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Why you need breeding objectives – Part 2

Whether they like it or not, commercial beef farmers are ‘breeders’ and taking this into account will boost profitability, SA Stud Book’s Dr Japie van der Westhuizen told Lloyd Phillips.
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Why breeding objectives? – Part 1

South Africa’s commercial beef producers often underestimate the importance of having clear breeding objectives. SA Stud Book’s Dr Japie van der Westhuizen spoke to Lloyd Phillips about ways to remedy this situation.
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Gall fly infestation in mangoes

Active metabolites may be effective in curbing gall fly infestations in mangoes, a study suggests. Fidelis Zvomuya reports.
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An efficient grain storage solution

The tentsilo combines the functionality of a conventional silo with a more permanent structure than that of a grain bunker.
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Honeybees provide ‘cost-free service’

A recent study shows that honeybees play a vital role in onion hybrid seed production.
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Fungal disease threatens SA mango industry

Spread rapidly by fungus, mango malformation disease is a growing problem in SA, reports Fidelis Zvomuya.
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