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Spanjaard Copper Compound shields nuts and bolts in extreme heat.
This local innovation turns nuisance kitchen waste into a valuable agricultural input.
This takes mere seconds to operate, yet it can prevent vehicle theft and help keep you safe.

Plough for more

More than 650 exhibitors will attend Grain SA’s Nampo Harvest Day, to be held between 12 and 15 May outside Bothaville in the Free State.
South Africa’s Agricultural Business Chamber (AgBiz) urged government to implement the recommendations of the UN’s Food and Agricultural Organisation’s 2012 ‘State of Food and Agriculture’ report.
Smallholder farmers need to be part of the solution for the future of SA agriculture. “We should transform the challenges of smallholder farmers into solutions.
The agriculture industry’s water footprint is expected to play an increasingly important role in the future. A responsible footprint will add markedly to water conservation in a dry country such...

Update on SA grain imports

South Africa’s 2015/2016 total maize imports stand at 536 687t, 70% of Grain SA’s forecast imports of 770 000t.
Members of the Ultimate Beef Club were treated to a wide variety of ribs at their monthly meeting, hosted at the Local Grill in Parktown North.
Over the past three years, Durbanville Hills wine cellar has saved thousands of rands simply by changing the way it uses electricity. Cellar master Martin Moore talked to Glenneis Kriel...
Africa and Asia offer much allure for South African fresh produce exporters. But this country’s farmers must do their homework well before they plunge into these markets. Wilma den Hartigh...
Zambia’s rural economy is dependent on thousands of resource-poor smallholder farmers. Mukumbuta Mukumbuta, a local entrepreneur, spoke to Lloyd Phillips about how his maize milling venture provides a market for...
Etienne Rabe of integrated citrus company Biogold USA believes introducing new citrus varieties that cater to changing consumer demands is key to ensuring the global citrus industry remains competitive. A...
South African agriculture is a uniquely risky environment, yet its farmers are well-known for meeting challenges with courage and resilience. Glenneis Kriel spoke to four prominent farmers to discover how...
Part-time sheep farmer, and managing director of the International School of Tanning Technology in Grahamstown, Dr Clive Jackson-Moss, talks about the hides and skins industry.
Stephen, for whom I had previously done design work, recently approached me with a further request for cost-effective tourist accommodation in a rural, farm-style design.
Archaeologists can’t seem to agree on which was farmed first: sheep or goats. Judging from the wealth of recipes for lamb and mutton, my money is on sheep. Here’s a...
I received an email from Peter and Dalene asking me to revise their sketch. They preferred two separate wings for the bedroom sections, and to keep within the private development...
I was invited to Pongola to help choose a site and design a new home for Ria and Gippie. They had recently been paid out for their land claim farm...
To many, a curry is a good old Anglo-Saxon stew destroyed by some stale yellow powder out of a cardboard box. This opinion could not be more misinformed: Indian-influenced cuisine...

Roast lamb and vegetables

Roasting, writes Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, requires a set of principles rather than a collection of recipes. Roasting principles that ring bells for this meal are two: sizzling and resting, of which,...
Fanciers who understand the psychology of bonding with racing pigeons will be able to use this as a secret weapon in a master breeder’s programme and during races.
A brief overview of the current state of fish farming in South Africa.
Access to the latest information and the opportunuity to compare with peers are both crucial for the cattle breeder. This is what the Simmentaler/Simbra Hoogland Study Group aims to achieve...
Because of their scale, these systems have very limited yields. Choosing a complex, small system will not increase yield; it will only increase cost!
To avoid collisions in the warm-up area, riders are expected to follow a set of internationally accepted regulations. Dr Mac takes a closer look at these.
This all-too-common behaviour leads to poor condition, colic and stomach ulcers, cautions Dr Mac
Senescence is the aging of fruit and vegetables until final decay, when they have to be discarded.
Organic farmer Geoffrey Green of Sparrow Village Farm has created a farming operation on just 0,4ha of land in Maraisburg, Gauteng.

Double-crop your way forward

Local farmers would do well to emulate the UK's approach of double-cropping, ecologist Ben Breedlove tells Roelof Bezuidenhout. So, instead of just harvesting a planted crop, why not also slash...
I wrote my first column for Farmer’s Weekly 15 years ago and today I’m about to embark on #750.
Many farmers apply nitrogen in the form of ammonia and can’t figure out why the crop doesn’t respond. It’s important to understand that, while plants can take up ammonia, most...
With a looming water crisis and an expanding macadamia industry, the obvious question arises: where will the water for the new orchards come from? A recent groundbreaking study shows that...
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