Field Crops

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.
Expert tips on producing better silage

Expert tips on producing better silage

Grant Pringle, an agronomist with Pannar Seed, tells Lloyd Phillips how a farmer can get the best out of a silage maize crop by using the correct planting and management...
Success with sweet piquanté peppers

Success with sweet piquanté peppers

Sweet piquanté peppers, marketed under the PEPPADEW label, require all the attention a farmer can spare to produce good results. Limpopo farmer, Jaco Kriel, spoke to Gerhard Uys about producing...
Tobacco Mosaic Virus: Symptoms, transmission and management

Tobacco Mosaic Virus: symptoms, transmission and management

Tobacco mosaic virus (TMV) can infect a wide range of hosts, and losses of up to 20% have been reported in infected tomatoes. Phillip Mphuthi of the Agricultural Research Council’s...
Amaranth farm trial: a high-potential crop for marginal land?

Amaranth farm trial: a high-potential crop for marginal land?

Amaranth has a high nutrient value and is a popular superfood worldwide. Because it can withstand harsh climatic conditions, it is also an attractive crop to farm. Western Cape farmer,...
Karl van Rensburg’s tomatoes for the fresh produce market are harvested by hand.

Cash crops can combat low grape prices – Part 2

While some farmers in the Olifants River Valley are switching to organic production to overcome poor wine prices, others are converting to fruit and vegetables.
Olifants River Valley farmers’ irrigation woes

Olifants River Valley farmers’ irrigation woes

The supply of water to Olifants River Valley producers has been frequently interrupted in recent years due to breakages in the irrigation canal. Glenneis Kriel spoke to Johan Matthee, CEO...
Know the facts before switching irrigation systems

Know the facts before switching irrigation systems

Drip irrigation systems have a well-deserved reputation for water-efficiency. Although this gives them an obvious advantage in water-scarce South Africa, irrigation specialist, Mark Zartmann, explains that there are several factors...
Conservation farming helps Zambian smallholders thrive

Conservation farming helps Zambian smallholders thrive

People living in the Simalaha Community Conservancy in western Zambia have risen out of poverty through the use of conservation agriculture (CA) methods, according to Chrispin Muchindu, CA manager at Peace...

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It is business as usual for Agri SA after the recent resignation of its president Dan Kriek.

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