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Use a trowel for digging soil

Don’t drown your crop’s roots!

Where many farmers fall short is knowing how deep the water has penetrated after irrigation or rain.
Getting irrigation right

Getting irrigation right

Farmers often ask me how frequently and how much they should irrigate. There is no simple answer, as many aspects must first be considered.
Crop problems: look for the clues!

Crop problems: look for the clues!

We recently discussed how to identify mineral deficiencies and eelworm infestation. Many other problems can occur, of course.

Dealing with eelworm

Eelworm is generally considered the world’s worst crop pest.
Working as a market agent

Working as a market agent

The daily sales process is like a finely-tuned machine, and like any machine, it needs oil. In this case, that oil is communication.
Know your spinach variants

Know your spinach variants

Chard (Beta vulgaris) is also known as ‘Swiss chard’, ‘silver beet’, ‘mangold’ and other names. In South Africa it is usually referred to simply as ‘spinach’.
Working as a market agent

Use social media apps to promote fresh produce

In late December, to market its Cuties mandarins, Sun Pacific introduced a marketing campaign on Snapchat, the social media messaging and imaging app.
How to spray for whitefly

How to spray for whitefly

Whitefly remains a notoriously difficult pest to control.
Working as a market agent

Communication is key between farmer and market agent

The early part of the year is probably a good time to remind farmers about their responsibilities when dealing with a market agent.
The whitish ‘dusting’ on this bean leaf is a layer of minerals deposited by borehole water in dry, windy weather. It can reduce chemical efficacy.

Spraying tips: Don’t mix chemicals

When spraying different pests at the same time, many farmers try to kill two birds with one stone by making elaborate mixtures.
Working as a market agent

Don’t forget to pay Freshmark Systems

Almost every fresh produce market in South Africa has a licensing agreement with Freshmark Systems, the providers of the industry’s dedicated IT-based sales processing system.
Getting nozzle size and pressure right

Getting nozzle size and pressure right

As pointed out previously, the key to successful pest and disease control is optimal penetration of the spray mixture.

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