The use of cocopeat buffering for hydroponics crop production

Hydroponics crop production relies on soilless substrates, like growth media, to support plants and facilitate water and nutrients uptake. Growth media has a direct impact on the growth and development of the plants. Generally, growers prefer organic growth media such as cocopeat and sawdust. This is due to their light weight and good water retention…

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Water Heritage

Heritage Day is celebrated annually on 24 September in South Africa, particularly to celebrate and mark our nation’s diverse culture and heritage. Water is regarded as part of our heritage. We need to celebrate and highlight the importance of water for the planet, and hence, for our lives. Celebrating water as heritage A book “Water…

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How to grow herbs and vegetables more efficiently

Every plant grower knows the need to achieve optimum productivity, whether in a greenhouse, field, garden, hydroponics, or aquaponics system. So how can you do better? How can you improve on tried and tested growing practices? The answers concern the better understanding, working with, improving on, and managing the growing conditions of your plants. It…

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Future of plant disease

Worldwide crop production is significantly restricted by plant diseases, which impedes the yield and quality of crops. One of the most important aspects of successfully combating a plant disease is accurate identification. As with any other problem, plant diseases can only effectively be combatted after it is identified correctly. Currently, for farmers in industry, the…

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Use of satellite data in Agriculture

Satellites are termed an ‘all-seeing eye in the sky’. They collect data from the Earth for different applications. The principle of satellite data collection is that different objects have distinct reflectance properties, and the reflected energy is captured by satellite sensors to produce images. Three terms are commonly used to describe satellite image resolution: spatial,…

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