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A green revolution launched at ZZ2

One of South Africa's largest farming operations, ZZ2, needed dramatic production changes to stay sustainable. They formulated natuurboerdery, which gave them all the benefits of organic farming without a major fall in production. Glenneis Erasmus reports on how this approach is starting to pay off.

What GAP wants Bev Gregory of Business Quality Solutions recently addressed farm

Bev Gregory of Business Quality Solutions recently addressed farmers' qualms about GAP certification, and gave a brief overview of the basic requirements of becoming Global GAP certified. Robyn Joubert reports.
Issue date : 12 September 2008

Mycorrhiza: boosting roots

Rising fertiliser costs and growing environmental awareness are forcing farmers across the world to find more environmentally friendly ways to optimise production and fight pests. As well as a fertiliser replacement, the mycorrhiza fungus is a promising biological control method. Dr Venter from Biocult laid out its virtues to Glenneis Erasmus.
Issue date : 15 August 2008

Getting to grips with leaf miner

Tomatoes are notoriously attacked by pests and disease. Many farmers try to formulate a programme to prevent every possible attack, but one should rather adapt pest control relevant to the pests and disease of your area and the season.

Expectations are created, and unfulfilled expectations can be a dangerous thing.

Generosity is a wonderful human attribute, but it can sometimes backfire. Take care.
Issue Date: 8 January 2008

A balance between pest and predator

Striking the right balance between leaf miners and the parasitic wasp population that feed on them is key to the biological control of leaf miner.
Issue date 16 November 2007

Choose the right soya bean

JL Erasmus and H Fourie of the ARC-Grain Crops Institute in Potchefstroom explain how to identify and choose the best soya bean cultivar for your region using information from the 2006/07 National Soya Bean Cultivar Trials.
Issue date 16 November 2007

Superb veggies with no-till

No-till has taken root all around the world, transforming dust bowls into productive land and making cropping practical and economical in areas formally useless for conventional tillage. No-till is getting a lot of publicity as a system for field crops, but for some reason it's not considered for vegetables. Bill Kerr uses no-till to grow magnificent vegetables with a lot less cost and effort and he points out a multitude of advantages - better resistance to pests, superior taste, longer shelf life and a substantial saving in fuel, tractors and implements.
Issue date 31 August 2007

Superb veggies with no-till

No-till has taken root all around the world, transforming dust bowls into productive land and making cropping practical and economical in areas formally useless for conventional tillage. No-till is getting a lot of publicity as a system for field crops, but for some reason it's not considered for vegetables. Bill Kerr uses no-till to grow magnificent vegetables with a lot less cost and effort and he points out a multitude of advantages - better resistance to pests, superior taste, longer shelf life and a substantial saving in fuel, tractors and implements.
Issue date 31 August 2007

The emerging of a powerful mentorship

Sceptics often expect emerging farmers to fail, but Phopi Ralentjena, an emerging farmer from ­Blouberg in Limpopo, is disproving this ­notion. He and his mentor Auwke Jongbloed are proof that white commercial ­farmers can ­successfully mentor black emerging farmers. Susan Botes tells of these farmers' passion for their land and ­community.
Issue Date 25 May 2007

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