Field Crops

A productive retirement in colourful bloom

Lifelong Eastern Cape stock farmers Pam and Ivan Buchler left their farm near the small hamlet of Bolo almost two years ago to face retirement. As Mike Burgess learned, an idle life was never an option for the couple, who quickly established a vibrant flower business on 12ha of land on the outskirts of Stutterheim in the Eastern Cape.

Virgin purity of organic olives

Olive farmers Silvana and Richard Atkinson of Waterfall River farm in Franschhoek, Western Cape, won the trophy for the Best Extra-Virgin Olive Oil at the recently held SA Olive Awards in Paarl.

Afgri benefits from better conditions

A healthy recovery in the maize price and a general improvement in the agricultural economic climate have contributed to services company Afgri's growth in the first half of its financial year.

Onion shortage to hit SA following massive hail damage

A national onion shortage and a dramatic increase in prices are expected following a devastating hail storm that recently struck a large onion-­producing area in the Northern Cape.

crops – soilborne diseases

Getting to the root of healthy maize The management of soilborne plant diseases is one of the greatest challenges facing modern agriculture, as Lloyd Phillips discovered during an information day of the KwaZulu-Natal No-Till Club in Bergville.

GRAIN FARMERS URGED TO BUY FUEL NOW

TO AVOID A REPEAT OF THE CRISIS WHICH

SA organic industry shows dramatic growth

Organic farming is one of the fastest-growing disciplines within the local and international agricultural sector, with an estimated annual growth of up to 300% in South Africa, says David Wolstenholme, exhibition director of the Natural and Organic Products Exhibition 2006. Fidelis Zvomuya reports.

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