News - Farming for tomorrow
Save water through plant nutrition

The need to save water is so urgent that it is no longer enough to fix leaks and prevent over-irrigation. Haifa SA agronomist Gerrit Burger says that saving water today involves manipulating its chemistry.
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New malting barley varieties for the southern Cape

The South African Barley Breeding Institute promotes sustainable barley production. Francois Smit, barley breeder and plant pathologist at the institute, reports on two new varieties.
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Efficient, solar-assisted macadamia processing

No macadamia processor in the world employs this method. In fact, as far as is known, no other processor of any kind uses stored solar energy on this scale, says Dorran Bungay of Agri-safari.
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Fence-sitter detects intruders

Farmers are often soft targets for attacks and other forms of crime. The newly developed fence-sitter promises to change this by alerting farmers to possible fence tampering.
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Crisper, sweeter Forelle pears

The pear industry is saving millions, thanks to research by Dr Ian Crouch and the introduction of his Forelle Early Market Access programme.
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Controlling flies on dairy farms

Flies boost stress among cattle, which could reduce milk production. Dr Paul Burden, a veterinarian at Novartis, looks at other ways in which these pests could be harmful.
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Alternative uses for sugarcane

Sugar industry body, SA Cane Growers’ Association, is to set up a plant to explore the feasibility of on-farm biogas and biofertiliser production.
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Sustainable veld management systems

Researchers have developed techniques that will assist a farmer in implementing a successful veld management system.
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Increasing the value of timber plantations

New eucalyptus hybrids have been introduced to the South African paper and pulping industry in an effort to become more competitive. CSIR environment science researcher, Karen Eatwell, explains.
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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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