Getting nozzle size and pressure right

Getting nozzle size and pressure right

As pointed out previously, the key to successful pest and disease control is optimal penetration of the spray mixture.
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Safety at markets

Occupational health and safety (OHS) play a crucial role in the workplace. So much so, that the Occupational Health and Safety Act lays down a host of precise legal requirements...

Making an effective spray mixture

There is more to a spray mixture than chemical product and water. You also need an adjuvant – a substance added to the water to enable the sprayed product to...
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Reasons to be proud of our farmers

So today I’m offering a general optimistic comment on South Africa’s farmers that I hope will resonate with you.

How to calibrate a spray rig

All too often, I come across farmers who are not accurate enough with their sprayer calibration.
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Is the Hamilton Option still relevant today?

When Charles Hamilton left his post as CEO of Cape Town Market in the early part of the new millennium, he opened his own market using an entirely new business...

Using a knapsack sprayer on a big farm

Many farmers think that using a knapsack sprayer is taking a step backwards as large spray rigs are fast and effective. However, knapsack sprayers still have their uses on big...
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Adapting to change within the markets

Had I written this 15 or more years ago, I would have bemoaned the attitude of market agents and said that the sooner they adapted to transformation, the better, otherwise...

How to ensure effective crop spraying

Non-systemic products have to be sprayed thoroughly to be effective. This applies particularly to fungicides.
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High prices at the market: is it acceptable?

Walking through the Joburg Market vegetable hall recently, I came upon a senior salesman selling red peppers at R300 for a 4,5kg-carton – and he was having no problem moving...

Can marigolds control eelworm?

When I first began planting tomatoes in soil in tunnels, the soil was infested with eelworm, which killed susceptible varieties before they could even start producing.
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How technology can help the fresh produce sector

Markets and market agents throughout South Africa use Freshmark Systems (FS) software to manage their sales and administration.


Agri sector highlights negative consequences of load-shedding

Agri sector highlights negative consequences of load-shedding

Organised agricultural organisations have expressed serious concern that any further load-shedding carried out by Eskom during important production periods could negatively impact the profitably of farmers and the affordability of...

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