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Expert tips to get the most from irrigated wheat

Irrigated wheat is grown by many South African grain farmers in rotation with summer grains such as maize and soya bean. André du Toit, a senior wheat breeder with Pannar...
John Deere GridCON electric tractor

Electric tractor powered by a cable

The GridCON research project and its electric cable powered tractor are part of John Deere’s continued efforts to electrify agricultural machinery, and offers new opportunities for farms to supply their...
Managing for profit by Peter Hughes

Cash is a fact. Profit is an opinion!

The accounts of a business must reflect all transactions, whether physical or cash, that take place during the accounting period. If they don’t, beware, especially if someone assures you the...
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Honeybush tea: Small industry, big potential

Although honeybush has long been used in parts of South Africa to brew a caffeine-free tea, it has remained a small-scale activity. However, the industry has potential to grow and...

Farming smarter can reduce methane emissions from livestock

The argument against beef production is gaining momentum, with the industry being accused, often inaccurately, of significantly increasing greenhouse gas emissions. However, climate-smart farming and improving productivity can reduce emissions.

Working equitation: a new equestrian discipline in SA

The skills learnt in working equitation teach riders and horses the basics of competition, as well as how to sort out cattle in the veld on horseback, says Dr Mac.
CLAAS JAGUAR 960 TERRA TRAC forage harvester

High demand for smart machine operators

New technological developments have triggered a demand for more sophisticated machine operators as well as improved training.
Brangus cattle

Farmworker’s son becomes Brangus stud breeder

Nkosemntu Nika, who farms in the Winterberg near Tarkastad in the Eastern Cape, is the first black Eastern Cape farmer to become a Brangus stud breeder. Mike Burgess spoke to...

How to avoid a salmonella outbreak

In most developing countries, salmonella is a major cause of illness and death in children under the age of five, warns Zimbini Mdlulwa, a researcher at the Agricultural Research Council.

Getting South Africa ‘unstuck’ on land

Feeling stuck in life is awful. It is demoralising, makes you unproductive, leaves you feeling gloomy about the future, and the longer you remain stuck the more difficult it becomes...
Managing for profit by Peter Hughes

Get to know the real state of your business

The fact that many of us still do not understand the basics of accounting is a harsh indictment of the quality of education we received at school.

Beef Cattle Information Day

Join us for the first Farmer’s Weekly Beef Cattle Information Day on 30 August. Top speakers from the South African livestock industry will present on topics ranging from disease management...

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‘Growing the agri value chain through partnerships’

Partnership linkages are required throughout the agricultural value chain to ensure that the sector contributes to the growth of the economy.

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