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Honey bees threatened

Die heuningmakers se toekoms is op die spel

Daardie bottel op die rak met die goue, stroperige vloeistof is uiters gesog by alle mense alhoewel dit ‘n plaas se prys is. Sedert oertye ...
How to keep pests out of your crops

How to keep pests out of your crops

Where you have plants, you can expect to have a few pests. However, they do not have to overwhelm you. There are great organic methods ...
Tiny beetle poses huge threat

A tiny beetle poses a huge threat to trees in South Africa

This article requires an active response after reading it. Please follow the action steps listed at the end. A minute exotic beetle that carries disease-causing ...
Olive branch

Genetic catalogue of the insect pests found on olives

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 ...
Voorkoming in plaagbeheer

Voorkoming in plaagbeheer is beter as genesing

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 ...
Reenvalvooruitsigte

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 ...
FArmers prepare for climate change

How to help farmers prepare for climate change

Floods as well as droughts and heatwaves are increasing and will continue to do so in Africa and South Asia. Farmers and governments need to adapt to this changing climate regime. ...
Agricultural plastic

Managing plastics out of the farming sector

Plastic products on the farm The year 1898 is long forgotten with nary a human being ever heard of a German scientist by the name ...
Hunger

Hunger is growing as the world warms faster

Climate change is speeding up, and among its malign impacts is a setback for efforts to feed the world: hunger is growing again. The global ...
Popping corn

Rapidly rising heat will cut maize harvests

Soon the corn could roast on the cob long before the maize harvests are due. That could be far sooner than anyone expects. Rapidly rising ...
Palmer amarant (Amaranthus palmeri)

Amerikaanse indringer verg drastiese maatreëls

Suid-Afrikaanse boere is wakker manne en vroue wat vir niks op aarde skrik nie. Selfs nie eers die politieke dreigemente oor grondonteiening is genoeg om ...
Company’s Garden reclaims a piece of its history

Company’s Garden reclaims a piece of its history

The return of the first apple tree planted in the iconic Company’s Garden in the late 1650s is a remarkable story, made possible through a ...
“Game changer” for pincushion flower industry

“Game changer” for pincushion flower industry

The overseas flower market pays a premium for long-stemmed pincushions without any curvature, insects or signs of disease. To deliver such flowers are easier said ...
New crop-spraying drone developed

Young aeronautical engineers develop new crop-spraying drone

The Gryphon Corporation is an engineering and technology start-up founded in 2018 by two young aeronautical entrepreneurs - Samuel Mathekga and Clive Mathe. The company is ...
Hungry no more

Hungry No More!

Bayer understands that participating in the development of small-holder and emerging farmers will be the route out of poverty, unemployment and overcoming food scarcities and ...
Floating solar farm

First commercial floating solar farm in Africa

From the ongoing issues at Eskom to the chemicals being sprayed and the high energy needs of farms, the agricultural sector is looking to become ...
Denau apples

Shared model of B-BEE farming a proven success in Ceres

With a  successful 15-year track record, the Denou Farming (Pty) Ltd is a stand-out success story. Established in 2003 as a partnership between fifth generation ...
Cover cropping

Cover Cropping for Climate Smart Agriculture

In recent years there have been several new terms being used pertaining to modern agriculture. Terms such as Conservation farming, Regenerative agriculture, Sustainable agriculture, Climate ...
Soil carbon sequestration

What is Soil Carbon Sequestration?

What is Soil Carbon Sequestration? Atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide can be lowered either by reducing emissions or by taking carbon dioxide out of the ...
Seeding equipment

Seeding equipment for a drier future

The agricultural sector remains vulnerable to water risks and a changing climate. The droughts we are currently facing have had a great impact on the ...
Integrated pest management

The philosophy of integrated pest management

To integrate or not integrate? Integration means to assimilate or mix one entity into another so that the combined entities maintain their own identities but ...
Conservation Agriculture

The role of Conservation Agriculture in Climate Smart Agriculture

The Western Cape Province and especially the agricultural sector is facing climate change with projections of continued warming of between 1.5 °C and 3 °C ...
Maize

Agronomic development of rainfed maize in response to plant population and row spacing under no-tillage

The agronomic development of rainfed maize in response to plant population and row spacing under no-tillage was investigated in a field trial conducted during the ...
Macdamia industry

Call for collaboration between macadamia industry and government

South Africa’s macadamia industry is, together with Australia, the most sophisticated in the world. It is also the largest producer globally. This competitive advantage could ...
Wildfire

Invasive alien plants in South Africa pose huge risks

but they can be stopped There is a massive army marching across South Africa. It’s silent and looks harmless, but it’s growing by the day. ...
Honey bees

Managed bees versus wild bees?

It’s not that simple in South Africa There’s widespread concern about the global decline of honey bees and the associated loss of pollination services. Should ...
Forest health

Nine vital signs found for forest health

Forests help to moderate climate change, which can itself affect forest health. Researchers still puzzle over how the canopy affects the global carbon exchange. It ...
Roelof Pienaar

Looking ahead to 2019

based on the trends and lessons of the past Tru-Cape Fruit Marketing is looking ahead to 2019 based on the trends and lessons of the ...
More vegetables

More vegetables, less meat for all our sakes

Researchers are clear: the healthy diet for a healthy planet is more vegetables, less meat. What matters is the food that’s served, and the way ...

Why massive effort needs to be put into growing trees on farms

It’s now over 50 years since the world was first warned that resources were being used at an unsustainable rate. It has now been estimated that almost one quarter ...
Geoengineering

New plane can show geoengineering works

With new aircraft, humans could potentially mimic volcanic action, dim the sunlight and slow global warming, showing that geoengineering works. It’s a controversial idea. Nobody ...
Hotter climate

Hotter climate will cost Europe dear

The continent must brace itself for the big heat: a hotter climate will cost Europe dear if average global temperatures soar by 3°C near the ...
Bee on flower

Illegal use of pesticides

Emphasis on the word illegal The illegal use of pesticides killing of bees in the Constantia area of the Western Cape has received widespread media ...
Apple pack house

Electricity cuts a great irritation to fruit industry

Eskom, the national (and sole) electricity provider in South Africa has embarked on a programme of load shedding (planned power outages) as a result of ...

Conservation Agriculture and soil fertility management Part 2

Case study on a degraded soil in the North West Province Following an introduction to some theoretical principles and practices of Conservation Agriculture  and integrated ...
Big Data

Big data shows big promise for feeding the world

Digital innovations are set to transform a global food system in crisis. These innovations, however, are reliant on large sets of data to help farmers ...
Water pivot irrigation

Agri Western Cape relieved that water restrictions have been lifted

Agri Western Cape is relieved that agriculture’s water restrictions have been lifted to 10%. This will help the sector a great deal with recovering from ...
Millions of bees killed

A better future for honey bees

Farmers, beekeepers, Croplife South Africa and researchers take hands The Western Cape Bee Industry Association (WCBA) organised a workshop at the Buitenverwachting wine estate in ...

The spread of shot hole borer beetles in South Africa is proving tough to control

A tiny tree-killing beetle with the awkwardly long name of Polyphagous Shot hole Borer was detected in South Africa for the first time last year. ...
Rooftop garden

Inner-city rooftop farming ‘hola harvest’

SAB and partners look to making farming more attractive to youth in addressing challenges of unemployment and food security with Inner-city rooftop farming SAB and AB ...
Integrated pest management

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Principles

Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is an effective and environmentally sensitive approach to pest management that relies on a combination of common-sense practices. IPM programs use ...

Gerbils are gearing up for the grain season

With the grain planting season on hand, farmers have to be aware of the imminent threat posed by gerbils to newly planted crops. Gerbils are ...
Climate change

US bekyk klimaat-slim landbou

Droogte en ‘n toename in waterrisiko’s is die nuwe werklikheid vir Afrika. Talle produsente en rolspelers in die landbousektor het reeds hierby begin aanpas en ...
Conservation Agriculture and soil fertility management Livestock

Conservation Agriculture and soil fertility management Part 1

Theoretical principles and practices In South Africa, crop production systems based on intensive and continuous soil tillage have led to excessively high soil degradation rates ...
Macadamia nuts

Planning for the long game: macadamia trees

South Africa’s industry could be underprepared for the future macadamia market because macadamia trees are a 20 year investment that requires planning for the long ...
Afrika bolwurm

Afrika bolwurm is ‘n gevaarlike kalant

Die Lepidoptera orde in die wêreld van ongewerweldes is legio. Wonderlike vlinders en interessante motte is onder die gevleueldes wat onder ander ook met bestuiwing ...
Fynbos

Fynbos app to manage your natural veld

Landowners and harvesters who harvest wild fynbos can now better manage their fynbos populations through a new cell phone application. The app, called i-Fynbos, collects information ...

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