Farming for Tomorrow

Groundwater conservation: a long-term investment

Groundwater conservation: a long-term investment

Groundwater resource conservation should be the most important aspect of any irrigation farming concern in South Africa, say geohydrology consultant JL van Vuuren and drilling contractor Marnus Nel. A lack...
Factors that influence the adoption of smart agriculture in SA

Factors that influence the adoption of smart agriculture in SA

Smart technology is a hot topic these days – and notably so in agriculture, where there are many uses, from drones and remote water monitoring, to soil analysis, animal tracking,...
Dr Michael Cramer

Termites and grazers: a complex, subtle relationship

After a number of farmers near Middelburg in the Eastern Cape expressed concern about increasing termite activity, James Hagan, an MSc student in ecology, conducted a study on the effects...
Do you know how healthy your ‘soil skin’ is?

Do you know how healthy your ‘soil skin’ is?

The crucial link between soil health and optimal, sustainable crop yield is well established. Dr Neil Miles, a soil scientist with the South African Sugarcane Research Institute, explores this subject,...
Correct feeding can slash dairy cows’ methane emissions by 30%

Correct feeding can slash dairy cows’ methane emissions by 30%

Josef van Wyngaard, a doctoral student at the University of Pretoria, has found that South African dairy cattle emit less methane than initially thought, and there is room for significant...
French innovation aims to reduce water usage in farming

French innovation aims to reduce water usage in farming

A new product developed in France has been specifically formulated to support plant growth and development under dry conditions. Marketed in South Africa as Polyter, the innovation has shown promising...
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.

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Drought devastates Namibia in first quarter of 2019

Drought devastates Namibia in first quarter of 2019

The devastating effect of the drought in Namibia is clearly illustrated in the Namibia Agricultural Union’s (NAU) first quarter review for 2019.

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