Farm Basics

The need for manure to be broken down

Suggested application rates for some common crops, including tomatoes and potatoes....

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Estimating the size of your land

It’s easy to calculate the size of your plot. All it takes is a bit of patience and simple ar...

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Dealing with enzootic abortion

Enzootic abortion (chlamydiosis) is generally caused by Chlamydia psittaci germs. It occurs cou...

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Two weeds that are a major threat

Shepherd’s purse and sow thistle are weeds that are hard to eradicate once established, says ...

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Get the best out of kraal manure

Before the introduction of chemical fertilisers, farmers all over the world, including those in...

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How to be a good stockman

Whether you’re farming in the semi-desert or on pasture, you will benefit from having a pract...

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A list of cucurbit pests and diseases

Dealing with powdery mildew, fusarium wilt, aphids and other threats to your crop....

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How stress affects livestock health

Livestock can suffer stress even during normal handling, increasing their susceptibility to a n...

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Cultivating cucurbits

Follow these useful tips on fertilising, irrigating, harvesting and storing your crop....

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Know your cattle: The Bonsmara breed

The Bonsmara is an outstanding beef breed, developed in South Africa....

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Tips for producing low cost livestock feed

Here’s how to prevent calamity on your farm during times of grazing scarcity. And you don’t...

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Guidelines for growing curcubits

Cucurbits that are round and orange are pumpkins. Those of other shapes and colours are squashe...

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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...