Farm Basics

Dealing with Fusarium ear rot

The incidence of ear rot in South Africa’s maize-producing areas can vary greatly from year t...

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The benefits of cover crops for CA smallholder farmers

A cover crop is a fundamental and sustainable tool used to manage various functions of soil hea...

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How to develop and manage a small beef cattle herd

Raising cattle properly requires money, land and skill. Do you have enough of each to enter thi...

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Animal health: Rabies

It is time once more for our annual warning about this deadly disease. Rabies can strike any wa...

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Compiling a fertilisation programme for a barley crop

As with any crop, fertilisation can be successful only when the minimum acidity requirements ar...

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Understanding fodder flow

It’s crucial for livestock health and economic efficiency to bring herd size in line with the...

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Farm security: crucial tips to improve safety

Security advisor Henk Boshoff says that farmers should avoid becoming soft targets for potentia...

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Habitual abortions in goats

Habitual abortions can cause devastating financial losses, and culling will be required to brin...

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Rift Valley Fever in sheep and goats

Rift Valley Fever causes abortions and death of lambs, and can be fatal to humans. Vaccination ...

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How to cure your soil after years of nutrient depletion

Taking crops off the land without returning nutrients to the soil is called ‘mining’ the so...

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Considering growing malting barley? Here’s a useful guide

Research programmes since 1991 have identified barley cultivars that ensure an economical, opti...

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The need for manure to be broken down

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

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Cabinet reshuffle set to affect agriculture

The looming cabinet reshuffle is expected to have a damaging effect on agriculture, no matter th...