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At least three farmers or residents on farms were murdered in the first six days of 2015, with a fourth possible murder still to be confirmed.
The first outbreak of a banana fungal wilt disease in Mozambique has been reported.
Grain SA and Argentina’s public institutes and private concerns recently signed an agreement pertaining to mutual co-operation as strategic partners in grain crop research.

Armyworm outbreak alert

Farmers are advised to inspect their lands for armyworm infestations after an outbreak was reported in the Klipdrif area of the Potchefstroom district.
New tractor sales for the year-to-date February 2013 in South Africa were 5% down on the 1 590 units sold during the same period in 2012.
The North West provincial government valued the significant role women farmers played in the economy of the province, according to Supra Mahumapelo, North West premier.
Young South Africans appear to be in high demand in the United States, especially as seasonal farmworkers.

Canola: Fields of gold

Canola production has grown in leaps and bounds during the past decade and is set to more than double in the next. With biofuel blending regulations coming into effect in...
Bone Mokomele is an emerging farmer who served as an extension officer for the agriculture department for more than 10 years. A land restitution beneficiary, he farms wheat near Brits...
Producing above the norm is attainable with well-managed hens, says poultry and mixed farming producer Erik Naudé.
A heated debate took place at the Indwe police station between police, Emalahleni municipal officials and farmers from Indwe and Dordrecht.
Wensleydale Farms in Centurion, Gauteng, is well established as an organic grower. New owner Magapa Phaweni plans to use her business skills to build on the farm’s success and expand...
This dish is a symphony of crisp, lightly-oiled vegetables of different colours and tastes, heightened by fresh oregano and rosemary. Toss in some rare steak plus a dash of Thai-inspired...
I received an email from a client in the Waterberg region with pictures of the prospective site and the narrow platform of about 12m in width already excavated on the...
I received a request from Peter, who wanted me to design a retirement home for him in Howick, in KZN.
Dear Jonno We were inspired by a layout we saw in the Farmer’s Weekly of 25 December last year, in which a cottage was converted into a contemporary home. We were...
Fascination with South Africa’s rock art heritage has drawn Victor Biggs to more than 2 000 sites over the past 60 years. Amongst this number, three sites, all in the...
Sean asks Jonno to sketch a design of five dwellings surrounding his farm in the Karoo. Read on to see Jonno's designs.
Horses that suffer from pouring nosebleeds after exercise should be examined by a vet, says Dr Mac.
Remember those ‘Cowboy and Indian’ films where feather-clad braves galloped on handsome Appaloosa horses firing off arrows?
This ailment can cause laminitis and infertility. Outward signs are coarse hair and excessive thirst. Kim Dyson explains.
Boran farmer, Johannes van Rensburg, says that the commitment of individuals advances the breed.
You hear the shot of the rifle and feel the recoil, but the animal runs. What should you do now? To learn about tracking, Gerhard Uys spoke to Willem van...
The Baynesfield Training Academy in KZN offers emerging farmers training in pig production.
Watermelons are a warm season crop, but can be started in winter in areas where conditions are milder.
The subject of biological control of aphids is a complex one, as different crops require different approaches, and the season plays a role as well.
A unique microclimate in the southern Eastern Cape has given rise to a niche cropping industry that requires intensive precision production over a five- to seven-year cycle. Sabrina Dean paid...
Occasionally I deviate from the norm and try to give readers some insight into the wider world of fresh produce.
The South African-developed African Delight plum cultivar has been enthusiastically welcomed by farmers and consumers, and promises to become the country’s third most-planted variety within five years. Denene Erasmus spoke...
Dolf du Bruyn, a Grain SA 2010 Grain Producer of the Year finalist, only started farming on his own about 13 years ago. He has since become one of the...

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