Dekgewasse help natuurlewe in wingerde

Die aanplant en behoud van dekgewasse, veral kruidagtige of breëblaarspesies, is een van die belangrikste bestuurspraktyke om te oorweeg deur wyndruifboere wat sensitief te werk wil gaan met die kewer-, ware insek- en spinnekoplewe in hul wingerde. Dis die raad van bewaringskundige dr. Marinus Geldenhuys, wat navorsing oor die onderwerp vir sy doktorsgraad in Bewaringsekologie…

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Can biotech crops secure enough food

Food security and nourishment is an important consideration for many communities in the developing world, including the African continent. However, addressing the food security challenge is a complex issue for which there is no single solution. While the green revolution in agriculture has provided several strategies to increase crop production, such as improved crop varieties,…

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Food security is generally defined as the situation when all people have physical or economic access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food at all times to meet their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life. Exposure to natural hazards and disasters is a major cause of food insecurity, a problem exacerbated…

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Precision agriculture with smart farming technologies

Globally farming for crop production will have to get smarter if it wants to boost productivity and bring more food to rising world population. The only way of doing this is to go through the deployment of a range of technologies to make farming more precise, sustainable, and profitable whereas negative impact on climate and…

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The organic vegetable garden in urban areas

“In our Twenty-first century of absolute convenience and consumerism, we have become disconnected from nature. We somehow believe that not only can we live separately from nature, but that we can also take as much as we want without giving anything back. That is not how a successful relationship works. We are a part of…

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Landbouvooruitsigte

Ryp en lae temperature het steeds voortgeduur oor groot dele van Suid-Afrika gedurende September. Matige tot redelike strawwe ryp het gedurende die laaste week van September voorgekom en skades veroorsaak aan druiwe, vrugte- en neutbome, aartappels en vroeë aanplantings van winterkoring. Die voorkoms van ryp in die laaste deel van September is later as wat…

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Regenerative agriculture

Arable farming systems across South Africa are going through a change. Forced by a variable climate and financial pressure, regenerative farming models are increasingly being implemented on cropping, dairy and beef operations as a result. Ethical motivations and issues of family succession are also reasons for adopting the principles of Regenerative Agriculture (RA). Recent research that…

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Bewaringslandbou

Mielieboere wat geenbewerking of bewaringslandbou op hul plase wil toepas sal kan baat uit heelwat beter opbrengste tydens droër seisoene, omdat hierdie boerderymetodes hulle toelaat om aanplantings heelwat digter te doen. So sê dr Stephano Haarhoff, wat pas sy doktorsgraad in agronomie aan die Universiteit Stellenbosch (US) verwerf het. Sy studieleiers was dr Pieter Swanepoel…

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Microbes

Most of us considered microbes little more than nasty germs before science recently began turning our view of the microbial world on its head. A “microbe” is a bacterium and any other organism too small to see with the naked eye. After decades of trying to sanitize them out of our lives, the human microbiome…

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Cover crops

One of the biggest modern myths about agriculture is that organic farming is inherently sustainable. It can be, but it is not necessarily. After all, soil erosion from chemical-free tilled fields undermined the Roman Empire and other ancient societies around the world. Other agricultural myths hinder recognizing the potential to restore degraded soils to feed…

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