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When to plant sunflower for optimal yield

Sunflower’s consistent yield and drought-tolerance make it an attractive crop for SA’s dryland regions. It also has a relatively long planting window. Nonetheless, care should be taken to plant at...
Producing pulses: the benefits do outweigh the costs

Producing pulses: the benefits do outweigh the costs

Many SA farmers are unaware of the profitability and other benefits of pulses such as cowpea, groundnut and soya bean. As a result, these plants are neglected as crop alternatives,...
Rooibos: good production management key to higher yields

Rooibos: good production management key to higher yields

Wimpie Smit, co-owner of AMW Boerdery in the Western Cape, spoke to Glenneis Kriel about beating the odds in a tough market and managing a fickle crop.
Table grapes: how to speed up production in new vines

Table grapes: how to speed up production in new vines

New vineyards can make or break a producer. Warren Bam, the Western Cape Agricultural Writers’ 2017 New Entrant to Commercial Farming of the Year nominee, spoke to Glenneis Kriel about...
Fir the love of Christmas trees: farming spruces in the UK

Fir the love of Christmas trees: farming spruces in the UK

Christmas is associated with a host of traditions, and nowhere more so than in the UK. Here, it’s not really Christmas unless you have a real fir tree at home....
Olive oil success through innovation

Olive oil success through innovation

The Greenleaf Olive Company near Cape Agulhas in the Overberg planted its first trees in 2006. Just 10 years later, the olive oil produced here is one of South Africa’s...
Using no-till practices for long-term sustainability

Using no-till practices for long-term sustainability

Grain producer, Danie Slabbert, wants to manage soil sustainably so that it remains productive for future generations. Annelie Coleman visited him on his farm in the Free State to learn...
Cotton gains ground with up-to-date harvesting tech

Cotton gains ground with up-to-date harvesting tech

Sabrina Dean spoke to Deon Marais, combine harvester operator, and Richard Godfrey-Thom, a cotton farmer in the Vaalharts region of the Northern Cape, about the innovative cotton picker revolutionising and...
University of KwaZulu-Natal doctoral candidate, Mohamed Saeed

SA scientist’s maize weevil control breakthrough

Protecting stored grain from insect pests is essential for Africa’s future food security. University of KwaZulu-Natal doctoral candidate, Mohamed Saeed, describes his successful tests with a widely known fungus to...
The benefits of soya bean production in South Africa

The benefits of soya bean production in South Africa

Gerhard Scholtemeijer, Protein Research Foundation chairperson, is an ardent advocate for soya bean production in South Africa, and has promoted the crop for the past 20 years. He spoke to...
Cucumber farming: volume and quality trump shrinking margins

Cucumber farming: volume and quality trump shrinking margins

Over the past 15 years, Alan and Russell Heger have grown their farming operation into a major supplier of cucumbers in the Eastern Cape. Grant Hollins spoke to this father-and-son...

Free State Young farmer intends farming into the future

Free State Young Farmer of the Year 2017, Johan van Huyssteen, is working to ensure the sustainable productivity of his family farm for future generations.

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