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Technology to turn you into a truly smart farmer

Technology to turn you into a truly smart farmer

Production data is invaluable for enhancing farm management and improving profitability. However, collecting and analysing this information efficiently can be daunting. Western Cape farmer Wolfgang von Loeper explains why this...
Waste management: How Spier Estate turns trash into cash

Waste management: How Spier Estate turns trash into cash

Worldwide, waste generation is fast overtaking landfill availability. Heidi Newton-King, sustainability and human resources director at Spier Wine Estate, recently shared how the estate has succeeded in reducing its proportion...
The benefits of planned and measured irrigation

The benefits of planned and measured irrigation

Measuring soil moisture content and water extraction has an obvious advantage: more efficient water use. In addition, it creates an optimal environment in which plants can grow and utilise fertilisers...
Commercial GM crops: 20 years of success

Commercial GM crops: 20 years of success

In the two decades since their introduction, commercially produced genetically modified (GM)crops have revolutionised global agriculture. Love them or hate them, they are here to stay. Dr Hennie Groenewald, executive...
Smallholder co-operatives combatting food waste

Smallholder co-operatives combatting food waste

SA’s fresh produce waste crisis can be addressed through smallholder co-operatives, says Dr Justy Range, business development manager, Freshmark Systems
Farming in the age of technology

Farming in the age of technology

Technology and education are improving the lives of even small-scale growers, says Dr Justy Range, business development manager, Freshmark Systems.
Affordable tests to optimise feed conversion

Affordable tests to optimise feed conversion

With the cost of feed continually rising, more and more SA beef producers have taken advantage of the growth tests offered by the Agricultural Research Council’s bull testing centres. ARC...
Affordable solar geysers for farm workers

Affordable solar geysers for farm workers

With 40% to 60% of all household energy-use spent on water heating, conventional geysers are unaffordable for many South Africans.
Virtual Irrigation Academy: teaching water management online

Virtual Irrigation Academy: teaching water management online

A website and visualised data make up the Virtual Irrigation Academy, which teaches farmers to develop effective irrigation infrastructure through soil monitoring. Siyanda Sishuba reports.
The MagGrow spraying system uses magnetic strips that ionise the pesticide solution, thereby improving plant adhesion.

Magnetic field tech in new spraying system decreases costs

Reducing spray drift while ensuring effective leaf coverage is a challenge for crop farmers.
Using bats and birds to control macadamia crop pests

Using bats and birds to control macadamia crop pests

Biological pest control could speed up the farm-to-fork process and save the macadamia industry millions of rands, according to the initial results of an ongoing research project. The researchers have...
4 useful phone apps and technoogy for herd management

4 useful phone apps and technology for herd management

The latest herd management apps and associated technology can make a livestock farmer’s life considerably easier. Amongst other features, these digital marvels monitor cow health, reduce paperwork, provide accurate record-keeping,...

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