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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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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.

 

17. 10 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 3 & 10 July double issue of Farmer’s Weekly, which will be in stores from 26 June to 10 July. She also highlights some of the top-performing news articles: Agricultural research council plans to cut 1000 jobs, Nampo harvest day to go virtual in 2020 and Imminent price hike could exacerbate diesel shortages.

In one of the main features in this issue, Farmer’s Weekly spoke to some farmers about how they cope with uncertainty in their businesses, and what advice they may have for those who work in other sectors who might now, because of the coronavirus disease pandemic and the lockdown, may be facing more uncertainty about the future than they are used to dealing with in their work and daily life.

In this issue’s guest editorial Dr Sifiso Ntombela, chief economist at the National Agricultural Marketing Council, writes that while previous growth and development initiatives focused mostly in growing the commercial farming sector, a ‘new school of thought’ advocates for the co-existence of smallholder and commercial farmers to achieve household-level food security in South Africa.

The 3 and 10 July issue also profiles a young, self-taught worm farmer from Hammanskraal near Pretoria. Thato Lekonyane uses red wriggler earthworms in his worm farm to convert waste, such as kitchen scraps and manure, into compost.

 

16. 3 July – The Weekly Wrap

In the latest episode of the Weekly Wrap podcast, Farmer’s Weekly editor Denene Erasmus discusses some of the features and news from the 3 & 10 July double issue of the magazine. This issue will be on shelf from the 26th of June until 10 July.

This issue of Farmer’s Weekly places the spotlight on those investment decisions that have paid off well for farmers. In one article we interview some of the buyers and sellers of rams and bulls sold for record prices at auctions during the last few years to find out if these animals proved their worth, and if the money spent on quality genetics was earned back with dividends within the buyers’ studs.

In another article we investigate which five fresh produce products achieved the greatest producer price-, and sales volume increases over the past five years, and we take a look at the five new, niche crops that have performed best on fresh produce markets over this period.

 

15. 26 June – The Weekly Wrap

In the latest episode of the Weekly Wrap podcast, Farmer’s Weekly editor Denene Erasmus speaks to Wandile Sihlobo, chief economist at Agbiz, about his book ‘Finding Common Ground: Land, Equity and Agriculture’ that will be officially launched on 23 June. They discuss some of the major themes in this book including land reform and agricultural development.
For details on joining the webinar for the virtual launch of Sihlobo’s book click here.

Erasmus discusses farmersweekly.co.za’s most popular news articles for the week and she highlights more of the features from the 19 & 26 June double issue of Farmer’s Weekly which will be on shelf until the end of June.

 

14. 19 June – The Weekly Wrap

In the latest episode of the Weekly Wrap podcast, Farmer’s Weekly editor Denene Erasmus discusses some of the features and news from the 19 & 26 June double issue of Farmer’s Weekly. This issue will be on shelf from next week until the end of June. Farmer’s Weekly anticipates, according to Erasmus, that should South Africa remain under level 3 or a lower level of the COVID-19 lockdown, the magazine’s normal weekly publication schedule early in July.

The main feature in the 19 and 26 June issue profiles Lynne Griesel from Viljoenskroon in the Free State’s, Tulanie Chickens business. Griesel started the business 15 years ago as a regular broiler production business, but she later decided to switch to free-range broiler production which not only allowed her to tap into a more lucrative niche market, but opened further avenues for value adding.

In the Livestock section Deal Miles, a beef, mutton and wool farmer in the Cedarville area of the Eastern Cape shares some advice on producing high-quality stored fodder.
Some of the news featured include a report on a farmer from KwaZulu-Natal who ran what essentially amounted to a pyramid scheme for leasing dairy cows who has now been sentenced to 25 years in jail, as well as an investigation into the vegetable pricing structure in South Africa which was prompted by reports from several farmers who are arguing that the they receive an unfair share of the profit earned within the fresh produce value chain compared to the share they carry in terms of risk.

 

13. 12 June – 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 5 & 12 June double issue of Farmer’s Weekly. Erasmus focuses on Trudi and Rina Kasselman of Kasselhoft estate near Leeudoringstad in the North West. The Kasselmans grow lavender and rosemary, and distil oil from these herbs for the production of a range of value-added products.

The episode also includes a discussion of some of the top news from farmersweekly.co.za during the first week of June. These stories include the impact of the recent fuel price increases on the farming sector, delays on vessel turnaround time and container shortages at the Cape Town Container Terminal, which are posing major challenges for fresh produce exports from South Africa, as well as an update on the long-term effect of the ban on alcoholic beverages during levels 4 and 5 of the coronavirus disease lockdown on wine producers.

 

12. 5 June – The Weekly Wrap

In the latest episode of the Weekly Wrap podcast Farmer’s Weekly editor Denene Erasmus gives listeners a preview of the top news and feature articles from the 5 & 12 June double issue of Farmer’s Weekly.

The magazine will be on shelf for the first twee weeks of June.

Top news stories in this issue include an update on the 2020 production outlook for summer grains and oilseeds, well as a discussion on the impact of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic and related trade and move restrictions on the wildlife and game industry.

Some of the features discussed by Erasmus from the issue include a profile on an Afrikaner cattle breeder, the production of sunflowers in rotation with maize in the East Griqualand region, and an agribusiness that is growing lavender and rosemary, and distilling oil from these herbs for the production of a range of value-added products.

 

11. 22 May – The Weekly Wrap

In the latest episode of the Weekly Wrap podcast Farmer’s Weekly editor Denene Erasmus and journalist Sabrina Dean give listeners a preview of the top news and feature articles from the 22 & 29 May double issue of Farmer’s Weekly.

The magazine will be on shelf from Monday, 18 May until the end of the month.

Top news stories in this issue include an update on the outlook for wheat supplies given certain export quotas imposed by countries in the Black Sea Region. While industry players said there was no real concern that the implementation of an export quota by a country such as Russia would affect South Africa’s ability to secure supplies, there could however be cost implications. The news section also features a profile on Dr Jeanne Tarrant of the Endangered Wildlife Trust’s Threatened Amphibian Programme who has just won a prestigious international Whitley Award for her amphibian conservation work.

One of the features discussed in this episode is a guest opinion piece by Roux Wildenboer, head of agriculture at Absa Corporate and Investment Banking, in which he writes that among the lessons the farming sector needs to learn from the COVID-19 crisis is that food consumption patterns will most likely change in many African countries. Due to economic hardship, it is expected that expenditure will increasingly be aimed at basic foodstuffs, and more expensive food will, on aggregate, represent a smaller portion of the expenditure basket.

Erasmus also discusses the technical crop feature in the 22 & 29 May issue which focusses on the identification, prevention and treatment of diplodia ear rot on maize.

 

10. 15 May – The Weekly Wrap

In this episode of the Weekly Wrap podcast, Farmer’s Weekly editor, Denene Erasmus, and journalist, Sabrina Dean, discuss the top stories featured in the 15 May issue of the magazine. Erasmus also provides an update on how the recently announced closure of Caxton Magazines will affect Farmer’s Weekly.

In this first delivery of the Weekly Wrap podcast to air after the end of the hard lockdown, listeners get a preview of the top news and feature articles from the 15 May issue of Farmer’s Weekly. The magazine is back in print and will be available for sale from Friday, 8 May.

Top news stories in this issue include an update on how changes in consumer purchasing behaviour have supported an increase in demand for canned goods, as well as a look at the latest summer grain and oilseeds crop estimates for the 2019/2020 season. A special report looks at the rise of the online livestock auctions industry in South Africa.

The features section offers readers insight into how local farmers’ over-reliance on imported agricultural inputs places the industry at risk during a time when the global supply chain has been experiencing trade disruptions.

Farmers featured in this issue include KwaZulu-Natal-based beef producer Mike Rennie who tells Farmer’s Weekly how he manages to keep in-calf cows in top condition during the winter months, and potato farmer CT van der Merwe, who implements nature-friendly farming techniques, explains how he achieves input savings and water-use savings without sacrificing yield.

 

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. Regular guests include Sabrina Dean, Julinda Schroeder, Janine Ryan and Sindira Chetty. The podcast is produced and edited by Vian Roos, with additional programming assistance from Pieter Dempsey.