Farm Basics

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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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

This infectious condition is one of the most common causes of abortion and death in sheep and g...

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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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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...