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New net solution for sunburn

New net solution to protect fruit from sunburn

Some growers in the Southern Cape are using nets that can easily be draped over tree rows to protect pome fruit against sunburn. Apart from their convenience and flexibility, the...
Learning from apple growers in Poland

Learning from apple growers in Poland

Poland is the largest producer of apples in the European Union. On a recent visit to the country, Annelie Coleman met Bartłomiej Brodzik from the Apple Factory, one of Poland’s...
Pecan nut orchard

Pecan nut farming: high cost, big returns

The boom in nut prices in recent years is expected to continue as consumers opt for healthier foods. This has increasingly led to farmers replacing their crops with nut trees....
How pioneers make mango production work

How pioneers make mango production work

Bernie van den Heever and Danie Smit are proving that mango production can become a thriving enterprise in the Western Cape.
Litchis & avos: using precision farming to improve yields

Litchis & avos: using precision farming to improve yields

Demand for litchis and avocados has soared and encouraged producers to embrace precision farming methods. Stephan Schoeman, owner of Soetkalmoes Consultation in Nelspruit, an advisory service for the tree crops...
Pecan nuts: how to plan an orchard and prepare the soil

Pecan nuts: how to plan an orchard and prepare the soil

To maximise pecan nut production, it is crucial to prepare the soil properly. This includes applying fertiliser correctly, ensuring sufficient macroelements, and proper orchard planning. A team from Laeveld Agrochem...
Eastern Cape farmers head west to diversify

Eastern Cape farmers head west to diversify

Two ways of reducing farming risk are to grow a variety of crops and plant in different geographical areas. Several citrus farmers from the Eastern Cape and other provinces have...
Macadamia fertilisation: an expert guide for SA growers

Macadamia fertilisation: an expert guide for SA growers

Dr Gerhard Nortje, a fertiliser consultant and senior lecturer at the University of South Africa, says that correct soil pH and nutrient balance are crucial for the sustainable and profitable...
Mechanised fruit farming: increase profits and create jobs

Mechanised fruit farming: increase profits and create jobs

Johan Esterhuyse, who produces a range of stone fruit varieties has introduced mechanisation on his farm to ensure profitability and long-term sustainability. He spoke to Glenneis Kriel about the positive...
Macadamias: a growing industry, but challenges await

Macadamias: a growing industry, but challenges await

South Africa’s macadamia industry is expected to double production over the next few years. But processors will have to find new markets and add value to nuts to maintain exports,...
Strawberries: overcoming the stumbling blocks

Strawberries: overcoming the stumbling blocks

Strawberry production in South Africa is expensive, with exhorbitant set-up costs. The market is also very competitive. Mark Miller, operations manager at Redberry Strawberry Farm in George, spoke to Jay...
Ceres farmer achieves best-ever harvest, despite drought

Ceres farmer achieves best-ever harvest, despite drought

Despite extremely dry conditions, Ceres Valley farmer, Retief du Toit, recently succeeded in producing his two best harvests ever. He spoke to Glenneis Kriel about how he achieved this.

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Since South African agriculture converted from control boards to the free market system in the 1990s, farmers have had to learn how to contend with extreme volatility on commodity markets....

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