Vegetables

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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Adding value to your fresh produce

If only some farmers realised that it takes remarkably little effort to improve product present...

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Common onion diseases to watch out for

A number of onion diseases are highly destructive and all prospective onion growers can benefit...

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Staying competitive at the markets

I paid an early morning visit to the Joburg Market recently. It was an icy Tuesday, and the pla...

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Cutworm and thrips – common onion pests

The infamous cutworm occurs in all vegetable crops, including onions, yet still seems to catch ...

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Are market agents relevant?

Those who believe that market agents are no longer relevant remind us that more than 50 years...

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Marketing options for small-scale onion growers

For the small-scale onion grower, it pays to stay in production as long as possible in order to...

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SA celebrates first National Rooibos day

Clanwilliam, referred to by some locals as the ‘Rooibos Capital of the World’, will host Sou...