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Valuing irrigation lands on a farm

The value of irrigation land is based on type, soil, distance from water source and orientation.
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Getting flood irrigation right

Although this is a simple form of irrigation said to be ideal for smallholders, it’s actually a lot more difficult to get flood irrigation right than drip irrigation or the various sprinkler systems, writes Bill Kerr.
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Maintenance for energy efficiency

Regular maintenance of systems is key to a profitable farm. Such maintenance should aim to ensure that all systems run as efficiently as possible at all times.
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Know your water rights

The Water Act serves to protect, conserve and control the resource for the benefit of the country.
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Smart metering

Energy efficiency and the financial savings that accompany it begin with measuring usage. Metering is the only way to achieve this effectively.
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Development and price of a farm

The level of a farm’s development will have a significant influence on its open market value.
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Consider climatic factors when purchasing land

When purchasing land for farming purposes, climatic factors such as hail and wind must be considered.
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Advice about borrowing money

With farming profitability under pressure, it often happens that a farmer works all year to produce a crop to sell, but at the end of the season does not have enough money to repay the production loan.
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Putting your farm up for sale

Deciding to sell the ol’ homestead is a tough call, says Roelof Bezuidenhout.
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Buying a farm? Consider value, price & location

Director at TG Kruger Real Estate, Rumpff Krüger, advises us what to consider when buying a farm.
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