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The Weekly Wrap Podcast discusses some of the top news and articles featured in the latest edition of Farmer’s Weekly magazine, as well as the trending topics for the week on its online and social media platforms.

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29. 9 October – The Weekly Wrap

Listen to some of the latest news from the farming sector and learn about the articles featured in the 9 October issue of Farmer’s Weekly in this episode of the Weekly Wrap podcast, presented by Denene Erasmus.

This week’s main feature articles include a piece on South Africa’s new online platform for hiring farm equipment, also read about a veteran Santa Gertrudis breeder who shares some insight on successful beef cattle production. We feature an emerging poultry producer who tells us about how she started her broiler business and we take a look at the finer details of farming with papayas.

As in previous episodes Erasmus also highlights some of the top performing news articles from Farmer’s Weekly’s various platforms.

 

28. 25 September – The Weekly Wrap

Listen to some of the latest news from the farming sector and learn about the articles featured in the 25 September issue of Farmer’s Weekly in this episode of the Weekly Wrap podcast, presented by Denene Erasmus.

This week’s main feature articles include a profile on a beef cattle producer who is on a quest to breed ‘the perfect Brahman’, and a guide for grain producers on getting nematodes under control before the start of the next summer planting season. The issue also includes a special focus feature on why it is important that farmers know the signs of rinderpest in livestock, despite this being an eradicated disease.

Readers interested in the history of South Africa will also enjoy the article about South African rock art.

As in previous episodes, Erasmus also highlights some of the top performing news articles from Farmer’s Weekly’s various platforms.

 

27. 18 September – The Weekly Wrap

Listen to some of the latest news from the farming sector and learn about the articles featured in the 18 September issue of Farmer’s Weekly in this episode of the Weekly Wrap podcast, presented by Denene Erasmus.

Our main feature this week discusses why a comprehensive and all-inclusive budget is critical to the success of any farming business. We also have an article on how the COVID-19 lockdown has triggered a rise in rural crime, a research article on a new disease threat to citrus, papaya and other sub-tropical fruits, and a crops feature that looks at the effective management of cutworm in maize.

As in previous episodes, Erasmus also highlights some of the top performing news articles from Farmer’s Weekly’s various platforms.

 

26. 11 September – The Weekly Wrap

Listen to some of the latest news from the farming sector and learn about the articles featured in the 11 September issue of Farmer’s Weekly in this latest episode of the Weekly Wrap podcast, presented by Denene Erasmus.

Our main feature this week looks at how digital technologies are revolutionising auctions, resulting in better exposure for sellers and a broader purchasing base for buyers.

Some of the other articles discussed in this week’s show include a profile piece on how government’s unfulfilled promises has derailed one farmer’s land reform dreams, a look at some of the gaps in Sugar Industry Master Plan and how this may dampen its impact, and we provide some information about the line-up that you can expect during Nampo Virtual, which will take place next week from 9 to 12 September.

As in previous episodes Erasmus also highlights some of the top performing news articles from Farmer’s Weekly’s various platforms.

 

25. 4 September – The Weekly Wrap

Listen to some of the latest news from the farming sector and learn about the articles featured in the 4 September issue of Farmer’s Weekly in this latest episode of the Weekly Wrap podcast, presented by Denene Erasmus.

Some of the articles discussed in this week’s show include a report on the latest research conducted on nematode-resistant sweet potato cultivars and a profile about one of the earliest beneficiaries of South Africa’s land reform programme who, after more than 20 years, is still struggling to get much needed support from the state. In this week’s livestock production feature, a number of experts give their advice on the many advantages of regularly weighing your livestock, how to record this information and how to use it to make better management decisions.

As in previous episodes, Erasmus also highlights some of the top performing news articles from Farmer’s Weekly’s various platforms.

 

24. 21 August – The Weekly Wrap

Listen to some of the latest news from the farming sector and get a sneak peek of the 28 August issue of Farmer’s Weekly in this latest episode of the Weekly Wrap podcast, presented by Denene Erasmus.

Some of the articles discussed in this week’s show include a special focus on soil health and conservation farming, as well as an article about the machinery and equipment farmers can use to make a profitable transition from a conventional production system to a conservation farming system such as no-till.

The issue also features a young pig producer who shares some of the lessons she learnt during her first five years of farming.

As in previous episodes, Erasmus also highlights some of the top performing news articles from Farmer’s Weekly’s various platforms.

 

23. 21 August – The Weekly Wrap

Listen to some of the latest news from the farming sector and get a sneak peek of the 21 August issue of Farmer’s Weekly in this latest episode of the Weekly Wrap podcast, presented by Denene Erasmus.

Some of the articles discussed in this week’s show include the profile of a young farmer from KwaZulu-Natal who is running a profitable business rearing broilers in his backyard, and his plans for growing this venture in to a large-scale poultry operation, as well as an article on how to grow brinjals, an easy-to-produce vegetable crop that can earn you steady profits. Also discussed is the latest developments in legislation governing the transfer and sale of agricultural water-use rights.

As in previous episodes, Erasmus also highlights some of the top-performing news articles from Farmer’s Weekly’s various platforms.

 

22. 14 August  – The Weekly Wrap

In this latest episode of the Weekly Wrap podcast, Denene Erasmus, editor of Farmer’s Weekly, tells listeners about some of the features from the 14 August issue that will be in stores from 7 August to 14 August.

The cover features, which are discussed in the podcast, include an article about a Free State farmer who decided to stop grain production and instead concentrate fully on producing planted pasture to support his beef cattle business, and an essential oils farming project in the Eastern Cape that is creating jobs and opportunities for poor rural communities. The main feature this week will be of much interest to any farmer looking for an investment opportunity beyond the borders of South Africa. We speak to Pieter de Waal, a local wine maker who recently invested in a small vineyard in Slovenia.

As in previous episodes, Erasmus also highlights some of the top performing news articles from Farmer’s Weekly’s various platforms.

 

21. 7 August  – The Weekly Wrap

In this latest episode of the Weekly Wrap podcast, Denene Erasmus, editor of Farmer’s Weekly, discusses some of the features from the 7 August issue, which will be in stores from 31 July to 7 August.

In this week’s issue, Dr Danie Odendaal, director of the Veterinarian Network and veterinary herd health consultant, writes about a complete, 12-month herd management and traceability system that he has developed and implemented for ZZ2’s livestock herds in Limpopo.

Readers can also learn about a programme being run by the Overberg Renosterveld Conservation Trust, in co-operation with farmers from this part of the Western Cape, to conserve the last remaining pockets of critically endangered Renosterveld, one of the planet’s most threatened habitats.

Moreover, Erasmus discusses the Makawana Farmers’ Stokvel, a financing initiative that is supporting emerging farmers in Kuruman in the Northern Cape to become commercially successful by promoting savings through bulk purchases of goods such as inputs.
This issue also features a farmer from Moorreesburg who, in 2018, broke the record for the highest canola yield ever produced in South Africa.

As in previous episodes, Erasmus highlights some of the top-performing news articles from Farmer’s Weekly’s various platforms.

 

20. 31 July – The Weekly Wrap

In this latest episode of the Weekly Wrap podcast, Denene Erasmus, editor of Farmer’s Weekly, discusses some of the features from the 31 July issue, which will be in stores from 24 July to 31 July.

This week readers can learn more about tractor tyres and traction in an article that focuses on the effect of tyre pressure and tractor ballasting on fuel efficiency and productivity.
Also read about why aardvark numbers are dwindling in the Kalahari and how bush encroachment is threatening the Eastern Cape’s livestock industry.

Farmer’s Weekly journalists write about the work being done by members of the community in Sutherland to support farmers who are struggling due to the drought and about a farmer who has adjusted his livestock management strategy to emphasise maintaining reproductive health in a herd.

The issue also features an article on the future of South Africa’s shrinking groundnut industry and what needs to be done to see production of this crop increase again.
As in previous episodes, Erasmus also highlights some of the top performing news articles from Farmer’s Weekly’s various platforms.

 

19. 24 July – The Weekly Wrap

Farmer’s Weekly is back on shelf with a new edition every week and in this latest episode of the Weekly Wrap podcast, Denene Erasmus, editor of the magazine, talks about some of the features from the 24 July issue, which will be in stores from 17 July to 24 July.

Earlier this year, the Biggs family from the Eastern Cape sold a proven Nguni herd sire for a world-record price of R310 000. In the 24 July issue, Farmer’s Weekly speaks to Clive Biggs about his family’s goal to preserve the original Nguni traits, and also about how their Nandi Nguni stud developed into one of the top breeders of Ngunis in South Africa, adapted to sourveld and harsh winter weather.

Farmer’s Weekly readers can also look forward to learning about the latest developments in sugar cane propagation and insect farming.

This issue also features Hannes Richards, a pig farmer, who, earlier this year, launched his farm-to-table pork business with a single social media post.

As in previous episodes, Erasmus also highlights some of the top-performing news articles from Farmer’s Weekly’s various platforms.

 

18. 17 July – The Weekly Wrap

In the latest episode of the Weekly Wrap podcast, Farmer’s Weekly editor Denene Erasmus discusses more of the features from the 17 July issue of Farmer’s Weekly, which will be in stores from 10 July to 17 July. With this issue, Farmer’s Weekly resumes its regular weekly printing schedule, which means that readers can again look forward to a new magazine every week.

The 17 July issue features farmers who are making the most of farming on small pieces of land by placing the focus on increasing yield and quality.

Succeeding in a tough market, Simply Salads based in Barberton, Mpumalanga has managed to carve out a niche market within a very competitive fresh produce segment for their cherry and mini plum tomatoes. The tomatoes are grown in greenhouses, which not only allows the farmer to lower spending on inputs such as water and pest control, but to also maximise output.

This issue also features a mother-and-son farming team who farms with Dohne Merino sheep on 95ha of rented commonage land in Saron, Western Cape. To make the most out of farming on such a small piece of land, Gary Patience and his mom Therecia aims to introduce top-quality genetics in their herd to improve the wool quality and growth efficiency of this dual-purpose sheep breed.

In this episode, Erasmus also highlights some of the top performing news articles from the magazine and from the Farmer’s Weekly website and other digital platforms.

 

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Special Covid-19 Report Podcasts

9. Special Covid-19 Report – Smallholders – The Weekly Wrap

The focus of our special Covid-19 pandemic Weekly Wrap podcast series now turns to smallholder and emerging farmers, and the impact of Covid-19, and related restrictions on trade, on these farmers as Farmer’s Weekly speaks to Aggrey Mahanjana, group managing director of the National Emergent Red Meat Producers’ Organisation.

South Africa’s five-week long, hard lockdown will be ever so slightly eased from 1 May, when the country moves to a level-4 lockdown. In this episode of our special coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic podcast Farmer’s Weekly SA editor, Denene Erasmus discusses some of the articles featured in the latest, 8 May, free digital issue of Farmer’s Weekly. The magazine, (which can be read here) features an article on the financial assistance available for farmers affected by COVID-19, an article on macadamia production with advice to help farmers achieve better crack-out, as well as a story explaining on how livestock farmers can rebuild their herds and veld, as well as recover financially, after a drought.

The podcast also includes an interview that Farmer’s Weekly journalist Sabrina Dean conducted Aggrey Mahanjana, group managing director of the National Emergent Red Meat Producers’ Organisation. The conversation highlights how a lack of technology and other challenges specifically impact farmers in deep rural areas when it comes to being able to continue selling, or even apply for government aid during times of crisis, such as has been experienced with the COVID-19 pandemic and related national lockdown.

 

8. Special Covid-19 Report – Agribusiness part 2 of 2 – The Weekly Wrap

In this second part of a special two-part edition of the Weekly Wrap podcast, Dr John Purchase, CEO of Agbiz, in an interview with Farmer’s Weekly journalist Sabrina Dean, explains in more detail how the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic and related restrictions have affected various farming industries and agribusinesses.

Listen to this second part of Farmer’s Weekly journalist, Sabrina Dean’s interview with Agbiz CEO, Dr John Purchase, for Farmer’s Weekly’s special coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic podcast series. The discussion is a continuation of the first part of this interview (listen to Episode 7) in which Purchase discusses how the national lockdown has been impacting agribusinesses, the food system and the agriculture value chain. This second part of the interview also explores expectations for the coming months, the importance of foreign currency earnings from exports for the economy, and the state of confidence among agribusinesses.

 

7. Special Covid-19 Report – Agribusiness part 1 of 2 – The Weekly Wrap

In this special two-part edition of the Weekly Wrap podcast, Farmer’s Weekly journalist Sabrina Dean speaks to Dr John Purchase, CEO Agbiz, about how the COVID-19 lockdown has affected agribusiness and food supply in South Africa.

In this fourth installment of our special coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic podcast series Farmer’s Weekly editor, Denene Erasmus, brings us the good news that despite the lockdown further delaying printing of the magazine, the team has decided to publish the 1 May and 8 May editions for free, online, on multiple digital platforms.

Erasmus shares a rundown of some of the features to look forward to in the 1 May issue.

Sabrina Dean speaks to Dr John Purchase, CEO of Agbiz, about some of the interventions by agribusiness leaders prior to- and during the lockdown aimed at keeping agricultural supply chains fully operational.

Purchase also talks about the state of food security in South Africa and about the impact of the lockdown on agricultural exports.

Listen to Episode 7 for part two of the interview.

 

6. Specia Covid-19 Report – Fresh Produce – The Weekly Wrap

In this special edition of the Weekly Wrap podcast by Farmer’s Weekly SA, Sabrina Dean speaks to Jaco Oosthuizen, CEO of the RSA Group, about the new normal for fresh produce markets and market agents during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown. We also hear from Farmer’s Weekly editor, Denene Erasmus, about news making headlines in the world of farming.

In this third episode of our special coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic podcast Farmer’s Weekly SA editor, Denene Erasmus again highlights news and information relevant to the sector and the public at large during this critical period. She also shares a quick update on some of the top news articles up on the Farmer’s Weekly website.
The podcast also focuses on how the lockdown has affected trade of fresh produce. Sabrina Dean speaks to Jaco Oosthuizen, CEO of the RSA Group, one of the major fresh produce agents operating across South Africa. They discuss the direct impact of the lockdown, the relevance of fresh produce markets in ensuring food security in the country, and they also touch on possible silver linings

 

5. Special Covid-19 Report – Labour – The Weekly Wrap

In this second episode of our special coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic podcast Farmer’s Weekly SA editor, Denene Erasmus again highlights how the publication has adapted to keep readers up to date with news and information relevant to the sector and the public at large during this critical period. She also shares a quick update on some of the top news articles up on the Farmer’s Weekly website.

This episode focusses mainly on regulations to be adhered to by farmers and farmworkers, as essential service providers, during the lockdown. Sabrina Dean speaks to the policy head of Agri SA’s Labour and Development Centre of Excellence, Jahni de Villiers about workplace health and safety and issues that farmers must be aware of during the lockdown and explains in particular how farmers need to manage the transport of workers during this time.

 

4. Special Covid-19 Report – Citrus – The Weekly Wrap

In this first episode of our special coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic podcast series Farmer’s Weekly editor, Denene Erasmus, gives an update on how the publication has adapted to keep readers up to date with news and information relevant to the sector, and the public at large, during this critical period. Despite not being able to print the magazine during April, Farmer’s Weekly has increased the volume of new content being published on the website, and the team is working hard to keep our audience up to date and informed.

This episode takes a look at the R20-billion per annum domestic citrus industry, which is just gearing up for the 2020 harvest season. Sabrina Dean speaks to CEO of the Southern African Citrus Growers’ Association, Justin Chadwick.

 

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The Farmer’s Weekly podcast, The Weekly Wrap, is hosted by Farmer’s Weekly editor, Denene Erasmus. Guests include Sabrina Dean, Julinda Schroeder, Janine Ryan and Sindira Chetty. The podcast is produced and edited by Pieter Dempsey and Vian Roos.