Archive for June 2019

Genetic catalogue of the insect pests found on olives

Olive branch

A genetic catalogue of the insect pests found on wild and cultivated olive tree species in South Africa is being compiled by a small team of geneticists in the Faculty of AgriSciences at Stellenbosch University (SU) and their South African and overseas collaborators. The team has completed their efforts on olive flies and wasps, and…

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ARC’s Cheeky® pear turns 10

Cheeky pear

The Agricultural Research Council celebrated 10 years of the Cheeky® pear this May. Cheeky®, a mid-season beautiful red blushed pear variety, is the brightest star to come out of the ARC Infruitec-Nietvoorbij pear breeding programme in Stellenbosch, South Africa. Cheeky® acts as bridge between the season-opening blushed pears like ‘Rosemarie’, ‘Flamingo’ and ‘Celina’ and the…

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Adding value to a dairy herd

Adding value to a dairy herd

Dairy farmers are always looking at ways to increase the value of their herds. The management style has a major effect on the value of cows, heifers and their combined output. Although some farmers may be good at producing feeds; such as growing pastures, making hay or silage, some do not apply good animal management.…

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Voorkoming in plaagbeheer is beter as genesing

Voorkoming in plaagbeheer

Die klimaatstoestande is besig om drasties hier op aarde te verander of Donald Trump dit wil glo of nie. dit veroorsaak beduidende impakte op die samelewing en landbou gaan ook onder druk as gevolg klimaatsverandering. Nie alleen is reënval wispelturig nie, maar ook seisoene wat nie meer hul normale patrone volg nie. Laat somers, warm…

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Agri Wes-Kaap Santam Landbou Jongboer van die Jaar aangewys

Wes-Kaap Jongboer van die Jaar

‘n 36-jarige eierprodusent van Plettenbergbaai is die Agri Wes-Kaap Santam Landbou Jongboer van die Jaar vir 2019. Johan van der Schyff is op Woensdagaand 22 Mei tydens ‘n geselligheid in Durbanville as die wenner aangewys en sal later vanjaar om die titel van Agri SA Toyota SA Nasionale Jongboer van die Jaar meeding. Johan boer…

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Reënvalvooruitsigte vir 2019/20


Alhoewel bo-gemiddelde reën teen die einde van die 2018/19-somerseisoen oor die sentrale tot oostelike dele van die land voorgekom het, duur die droogte intens voort oor die westelike en suidwestelike dele van die land asook gedeeltes van die Oos Kaap en selfs kolle in Limpopo. Groot gedeeltes van die Somerreënvalgebied is alreeds sedert 2012 in…

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Water Smart Irrigation:

Water smart irrigation

A requirement for sustainable agriculture in the water value-chain Water, especially in irrigated agriculture, poses one of the most vital sustainable development challenges of our time. The importance of water is as follows: Water is the key to food security: without water, crops simply cannot grow. Water is not just for primary production it plays…

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Agricultural value chain

Agricultural value chains

The agricultural value chain concept has been used since the beginning of the millennium, primarily by those working in agricultural development in developing countries. Although there is no universally accepted definition of the term, it normally refers to the whole range of goods and services necessary for an agricultural product to move from the farm…

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Carbon farming can slash CO2 emissions

Carbon farming

Soil health improvement, a technique known as carbon farming, could cut the amount of carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere by more than one-sixth, a US business group says. US entrepreneurs say a new technique − carbon farming, improving the health of the soil − can achieve big cuts in atmospheric carbon. It says a…

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