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Know your soil – Part 2

If you have a proper understanding of the soil on your farm, you will be able to farm more efficiently – and get more enjoyment from farming.

Monday. January 6th, 2020
Biofumigation using an eelworm trap crop Biofumigation using an eelworm trap crop

Apart from reducing cyst eelworm, planting trap crops has other advantages.

Thursday. January 2nd, 2020
Beat cyst eelworm with trap crops Beat cyst eelworm with trap crops

An integrated approach to controlling cyst eelworm usually produces the best results, but using a trap crop is perhaps the single most important method.

Tuesday. December 31st, 2019
Beet cyst eelworm - the chemical option Beet cyst eelworm - the chemical option

In the previous issue, we discussed the fact that beet cyst eelworm is impossible to eradicate once it is established on a land.

Monday. December 30th, 2019
How to save olives from destructive diseases How to save olives from destructive diseases

Plant pathogens, or disease-causing viruses, bacteria and fungi could lead to significant losses in agricultural yields, and threaten food security

Friday. December 27th, 2019
This wild plant could be the next strawberry This wild plant could be the next strawberry

Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, and... groundcherries? A little-known fruit about the size of a marble could become agriculture's next big

Friday. December 27th, 2019
A new tomato ideal for urban gardens and even outer space A new tomato ideal for urban gardens and even outer space

Farmers could soon be growing tomatoes bunched like grapes in a storage unit, on the roof of a skyscraper, or even in space. That's if a clutch of new gene-edit

Thursday. December 26th, 2019
Identifying a plant cell barrier to breeding more nutritious crops Identifying a plant cell barrier to breeding more nutritious crops

What if we could grow plants that are larger and also have higher nutritional content?

Thursday. December 26th, 2019
Plant scientists identify new strategy to enhance rice grain yield Plant scientists identify new strategy to enhance rice grain yield

As OsACBP2 contributes to boosting oil content as well as size and weight in transgenic rice grains, an application of this technology in rice

Thursday. December 26th, 2019
The benefits of farm trials – Part 1 The benefits of farm trials – Part 1

In my experience, the most successful farmers are those who regularly conduct trials in an effort to lower costs and raise production.

Wednesday. December 25th, 2019
Don't drown your crop's roots! Don't drown your crop's roots!

Where many farmers fall short is knowing how deep the water has penetrated after irrigation or rain.

Tuesday. December 24th, 2019
Getting irrigation right Getting irrigation right

Farmers often ask me how frequently and how much they should irrigate. There is no simple answer, as many aspects must first be considered.

Monday. December 23rd, 2019
Crop problems: look for the clues! Crop problems: look for the clues!

We recently discussed how to identify mineral deficiencies and eelworm infestation. Many other problems can occur, of course.

Friday. December 20th, 2019
Dealing with eelworm Dealing with eelworm

There are a number of species to contend with; the common root knot genera (Melodogyne spp.) are easy to identify as the nematode enters the root and causes

Thursday. December 19th, 2019
Know your spinach variants Know your spinach variants

Chard (Beta vulgaris) is also known as ‘Swiss chard’, ‘silver beet’, ‘mangold’ and other names. In South Africa it is usually referred to simply as ‘spinach’.

Wednesday. December 18th, 2019
How to spray for whitefly How to spray for whitefly

If it were not for the natural enemies of this pest, whiteflies would probably be our main vegetable pest. An outbreak of whitefly is usually the result

Tuesday. December 17th, 2019
Spraying tips: Don’t mix chemicals Spraying tips: Don’t mix chemicals

When spraying different pests at the same time, many farmers try to kill two birds with one stone by making elaborate mixtures.

Friday. December 13th, 2019
Sandy soil: a guide to working with it Sandy soil: a guide to working with it

Vegetable expert Bill Kerr discusses how to get the best out of sandy soil, regardless of what crop you’re growing.

Thursday. December 12th, 2019
Using a knapsack sprayer on a big farm Using a knapsack sprayer on a big farm

Many farmers think that using a knapsack sprayer is taking a step backwards as large spray rigs are fast and effective. However, knapsack sprayers still have

Wednesday. December 11th, 2019
Getting nozzle size and pressure right Getting nozzle size and pressure right

As pointed out previously, the key to successful pest and disease control is optimal penetration of the spray mixture.

Tuesday. December 10th, 2019
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