Farming for Tomorrow

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,...
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...

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Costs under your control such as yield and product quality are what determine farming success. Don’t waste time on costs you cannot influence or control.

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