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Don’t cut corners with packaging

The use of quality packaging safeguards the time and effort a grower has put into producing top quality fruit. Dawid Groenewald of Citrus Research International (CRI) spoke about the latest packaging developments and trends at a recent CRI workshop in Stellenbosch.
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Increased efficiency with picking platforms

Two-a-Day’s Dr Mias Pretorius and Daan Brink described to Glenneis Kriel how picking platforms are improving the company’s production.
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Smart farming solutions

More than 100 products were presented at the Global Forum for Innovations in Agriculture. Denene Erasmus looks at some of the inventions that can improve efficiency on smaller farms.
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Smallholder farmers should welcome wild bees

According to a global study, smallholder farmers who attract more wild bees and other pollinators to their land could harvest up to 24% more crops. In contrast, commercial farmers remain reliant on managed beehives. Ecological entomologist Dr Ruan Veldtman of the SA National Biodiversity Institute and Stellenbosch University contributed to the research.
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How to get your livestock through the drought

The drought continues to have a major effect on livestock production. Special management practices are needed for herd management, according to Prof HO de Waal of the University of the Free State’s Department of Animal, Wildlife and Grassland Sciences. He compiled these guidelines for farmers.
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Drones can take precision farming to the next level

Using GPS monitoring in conjunction with aerial technology allows farmers to increase farming efficiency. The results, however, are highly dependent on interpretation of the data and the type of technology used, says Mico Stander of Agrimotion.
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Guidelines on buying good-quality nursery trees

The establishment of a new orchard is one of the largest capital investments a fruit farmer can make. Prof Karen Theron from the Department of Horticultural Science at Stellenbosch University provides insights and advice into purchasing healthy nursery material.
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Why does immunisation sometimes fail?

Immunisation is not always effective. Dr Jan du Preez and Dr Faffa Malan examine the reasons for this.
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Maximise profits with precision livestock farming

The decreasing profitability of livestock farming means that producers must improve the biological and productive efficiency of their operations. This was the message animal scientist Dr Jasper Coetzee delivered at the 2015 Namibian Livestock Producers’ Organisation in Windhoek.
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Why off-track driving is bad news for the veld

Even a single incidence of off-road driving can cause lasting damage. To protect the veld, stay on the track, Roelof Bezuidenhout cautions.
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