Farm Basics


New opportunities to generate a sustainable income are opening up in SA’s poultry industry.
Security advisor Henk Boshoff says that farmers should avoid becoming soft targets for potential farm attackers. He spoke to Gerhard Uys about making a farm and its surrounding communities safer.
Raising cattle properly requires money, land and skill. Do you have enough of each to enter this business? Equally importantly, do you have a genuine interest in cattle?

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While many African agribusinesses are keen to expand their operations into other countries on the continent, they reportedly remain wary of doing so.
Farmfair International (FFI), one of Canada’s largest beef cattle shows, has been designed to provide buyers and sellers with a venue in which to do business.
Multi-national energy and chemical company, Sasol, recently committed to two separate collaboration agreements to help conserve South Africa’s stressed freshwater resources.
Farm attacks and murders in the Free State have decreased since 2015. This was according to Free State Agriculture (FSA).
Mpumalanga farmer Try Nxumalo spotted a strange plant in his yard two years ago, but never knew it would soon turn into a business for him.

Bayer takes over Monsanto

Bayer and Monsanto have signed a definitive merger agreement.
Wildlife ranching continues to be a fast-growing industry with a bright future, notwithstanding recent negative press that its practices harm conservation, says Dr Peter Oberem, president of Wildlife Ranching SA.
It's very upsetting knowing you have to pay an account when you don't know where the money is going to come from. That's why keeping track of your expenses is...
Seeland Peba says high feed prices prevent many small-scale livestock farmers making it to their second production cycle. He tells Peter Mashala why he and his partner started Super Grand...
Stephan Fourie of Potato Pride near Frankfort in the Free State sees his workforce and surrounding community as a responsibility not to be taken lightly. He explains his approach to...
The Johannesburg Stock Exchange offers the futures contract and the put option. Either can provide small-scale maize farmers with peace of mind. The JSE’s Raphael Karuaihe explains.
The Mozambique government has committed itself to unlocking the enormous agricultural potential of the Beira corridor, but progress has been slow – and costly.
Cooks perfected the art of pickling food products long before they had fridges. Try this great South African classic – pickled fish – with its mouth-watering sharpness and exquisite oceanic...
Jonno designs an 'A' frame home for FW reader, Andre.

A large home in Zimbabwe

Kumbirai had a request for a four-bedroom home in Zimbabwe to be built on a farm. Here is the sketch of the house Jonno designed.

Chocolate Brownies

The chocolate brownie is without doubt one of the finest contributions made to civilisation by the US. Stories about its invention clog the internet. But the truth of the matter...

House on a hilltop

I recently had a call from Farmer’s Weekly readers, Jack and Jill, the owners of a wildlife estate in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands.

A multi-use chalet

In passing through the Muden Valley in KZN, I called in at my acquaintances who own a lodge there. We got chatting and Bryan expressed the idea of developing a...
SA’s environmental approach of preserving rather than conserving is hampering commercial tilapia culture.
Similar to the human ankle, the hock joint is easily sprained, warns Dr Mac.
Research on springbok in the Free State focuses on the implications of selecting game animals for their colour. Roelof Bezuidenhout reports.
As always, the warmer weather has brought a crop of pests. Kim Dyson provides a useful list of plants that act as natural insect repellents.
Zodwa Twala urges new pig farmers to receive proper training before starting their ventures.
Fat is a superb source of energy without the harmful side-effects of other energy sources, says Kim Dyson. And the ideal form to feed it to your horse is bergafat...
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,...
After only a decade of winemaking, Saronsberg has firmly established itself as one of South Africa’s most consistent producers of top-quality wines. Denene Erasmus visited owner Nick van Huyssteen and...
Farming is an intricate business and should be managed accordingly, says Richard Hobson, Grain SA’s 2014 Grain Producer of the Year and manager at Botselo Farming. Annelie Coleman visited Richard...
In The Speed of Trust, Stephen Covey explains how ‘trust’ can be measured in monetary terms just like any other activity or product in a company, and can make either...
No-till is highly practical for small-scale vegetable farmers and organic farmers, while conventional commercial vegetable growers will find some aspects of the practice useful.
Your basic fertilisation of the potato crop should have been done according to a soil analysis, leaving the main variable, nitrogen, to be managed as circumstances require.

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