Vegetables

Making an effective spray mixture

There is more to a spray mixture than chemical product and water. You also need an adjuvant –...

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Reasons to be proud of our farmers

So today I’m offering a general optimistic comment on South Africa’s farmers that I hope wi...

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How to calibrate a spray rig

All too often, I come across farmers who are not accurate enough with their sprayer calibration...

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Is the Hamilton Option still relevant today?

When Charles Hamilton left his post as CEO of Cape Town Market in the early part of the new mil...

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Using a knapsack sprayer on a big farm

Many farmers think that using a knapsack sprayer is taking a step backwards as large spray rigs...

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Adapting to change within the markets

Had I written this 15 or more years ago, I would have bemoaned the attitude of market agents an...

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How to ensure effective crop spraying

Non-systemic products have to be sprayed thoroughly to be effective. This applies particularly ...

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High prices at the market: is it acceptable?

Walking through the Joburg Market vegetable hall recently, I came upon a senior salesman sellin...

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Can marigolds control eelworm?

When I first began planting tomatoes in soil in tunnels, the soil was infested with eelworm, wh...

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How technology can help the fresh produce sector

Markets and market agents throughout South Africa use Freshmark Systems (FS) software to manage...

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Better crop spraying techniques– Part 1

Even with the correct crop chemical, efficacy will be reduced if the spraying technique is not ...

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Don’t dump fresh produce!

A small-scale farmer recently told me that he supplied spinach to a client on contract, and sen...

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No fall armyworm impact on sugar industry, despite concerns

Despite reports by news agency Bloomberg that fall armyworm (FAW) may soon affect the sugar cane...