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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,...
Mart-Marie Nieuwenhuizen

Research findings on pollination of Hass avocados

At the 2017 SA Avocado Growers’ Association research symposium, University of Pretoria researcher, Mart-Mari Nieuwenhuizen, presented new findings on the best pollinisers for Hass avocados. She also explored the effectiveness...
Orchids growing in pots

Understanding semi – hydroponic systems

Prof Gert Venter explains the benefits and disadvantages of semi-hydroponic structures.
hydroponic system in Spain,

The origins of hydroponic farming

While hydroponic farming has been around since the Middle Ages, many developments over the years have made it far more efficient and affordable. Prof Gert Venter explains.
Light and its effects on plant growth

Light and its effects on plant growth

The most important variable affecting plant growth is light exposure, and it is therefore important to measure the amount of light your plants receive. Prof Gert Venter explains how this...
Simple and effective ways to beat the heat and the frost

Simple and effective ways to beat the heat and the frost

Prof Gert Venter discusses an affordable, easy-to-implement measure to protect a crop from extreme weather. No fuel or electricity is used, resulting in considerable cost savings.

The use of seawater greenhouses in hydroponics

Seawater greenhouses may be the answer to the world’s water scarcity problem, says Prof Gert Venter.
Hydroponic water requirements

Hydroponic water requirements

About 70% of the earth is covered with surface water, but 97% of this is seawater. With only 3% consisting of freshwater, and less than 1% available to living organisms,...

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Seedlings: Balancing fertility & hardening

Seedlings: Balancing fertility & hardening

To ensure successful fertilisation, you need to do more than simply carry out a soil analysis to determine the crop’s basic requirements. You also have to consider the needs of...

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