Farmer’s Weekly - Volume 2015, Issue 15039, 2015
Volume 2015, Issue 15039, 2015
Source: Farmer’s Weekly 2015 (2015)More Less
Last month, I spent two days in Milan, Italy, with farmers and journalists from all over the world. The event was part of a New Holland social media initiative and the campaign centred on 10 farmers who collectively hailed from Italy, Brazil, Russia, Zimbabwe, Canada, Germany, France, China and the UK. Those attending gained a glimpse into the conditions these farmers work in as well as the issues affecting their ability to farm profitably in a manner that limits their environmental footprint as far as possible.
Author Ryno Du ToitSource: Farmer’s Weekly 2015, pp 6 –7 (2015)More Less
Recent years have seen a rise in inconsistent weather patterns, which have had a negative impact on both consumers and businesses globally. Southern Africa has not escaped the effects of these weather patterns, and the region's agricultural sector has suffered the consequences of unreliable rain patterns, unusually high temperatures and floods.
Source: Farmer’s Weekly 2015, pp 15 –22 (2015)More Less
Can GM technology save South Africa's wheat industry?
Agri Eastern Cape takes roads minister to court
Give us a chance, Land Bank pleads with farmers
Red meat consumption projected to increase
Farmer Internet usage increases but magazines still lead
Agriculture overview: Farming in the Netherlands
French farmers destroy contaminated crops
Young farmer taps into niche rabbit farming market
Commission fails to meet first quarter restitution targets
Raging fires destroy 7 000ha
Noodsberg Sugar Mill shooter acted in 'self-defence'
Drought crisis 'deepening' for KZN livestock farmers
KZN sugarcane growers still feeling the bite of severe drought
Devastating drought in the Molopo continues
Industry bodies at loggerheads over hunting methods
Piet Warren game sale rewrites the record book
Agri-Expo Livestock Show 2015 a feast for livestock enthusiasts
Author Sakia Von DriestSource: Farmer’s Weekly 2015, pp 30 –31 (2015)More Less
The modern focus on cognitive (scientific and intellectual) approaches to farming has advanced food production significantly. However, the capacity for resilience that the natural balances in nature offer has been largely neglected, resulting in a breakdown in cohesion between farming activities, society and the natural environment. This seems to have caused a downward spiral in soil health. The use of pesticides and herbicides has reduced beneficial soil microbes and organic matter, so that plants cannot take up and use as many naturally available nutrients in the soil. In turn, farmers use more synthetic fertiliser, which leads to degraded, acidified and compacted soil. The soil causes unhealthy plants to become diseased, so that more pesticides and herbicides are applied. This pollutes the air with greenhouse gases and contaminants, uses more water than necessary and once again kills beneficial microbes. And so the cycle continues.
Author Koos CoetzeeSource: Farmer’s Weekly 2015 (2015)More Less
Farmers are often so busy running their enterprises that they forget to look after their own well-being.
Farming involves combining various resources to produce food and fibre. A farmer uses fixed resources such as land and fixed improvements such as buildings, as well as capital equipment, livestock and various farm requisites and permanent labour to produce products that he can sell - hopefully at a price higher than the cost of producing these products. A large part of a farmer's time is spent in keeping machinery, equipment and other resources in good condition. Farmers also spend a good deal of time and energy in training their workers. Unfortunately, many farmers neglect a crucial resource: themselves.
Author Rumpff KrugerSource: Farmer’s Weekly 2015 (2015)More Less
When purchasing land for farming purposes, climatic factors such as hail and wind must be considered.
In my previous article, we discussed the importance of location when determining the value and price of a farm. Location in relation to relevant markets and unsafe areas were of specific importance. This month's article will concentrate on another major role player in the valuation of farmland: climate.Climate is a critical aspect in determining what and how much can be produced in any particular area, as well as how much a purchaser is prepared to pay for land. It includes aspects unique to an area such as rainfall, temperature, hail and wind.
Author Hannes SwartSource: Farmer’s Weekly 2015, pp 42 –43 (2015)More Less
As consumers grow more affluent, they become more fastidious about the food they eat. This trend has sparked a rising demand for food that is produced in an environmentally friendly fashion. Dr Hannes Swart, the chairperson of the local organising committee of the World Veterinary Poultry Association Congress, spoke to Glenneis Kriel about this trend and its effect on the local poultry industry.
Source: Farmer’s Weekly 2015, pp 44 –46 (2015)More Less
Some wheat-producing areas in the Western Cape, especially the Swartland region, have experienced dry conditions this season. If these persist, they may have a negative impact on crops. The northern Swartland region has been hit the hardest and analysts are of the opinion that there will be no harvest in some areas. The full impact, however, will only be clear once harvesting has been completed, but rain is urgently required in the next two weeks. SA is a net importer of wheat.
Author Annelie ColemanSource: Farmer’s Weekly 2015, pp 52 –54 (2015)More Less
The owners of Rouvus Drakensberger Stud near Ventersburg take performance testing and animal recording seriously. Father and son team Gawie and Frik Roux incorporated central growth testing into the management of their stud to determine feed conversion ratios (FCR), in conjunction with animal scientist, Danie Bosman. Report by Annelie Coleman.
Author Roelof BezuidenhoutSource: Farmer’s Weekly 2015, pp 64 –65 (2015)More Less
Author Bill KerrSource: Farmer’s Weekly 2015 (2015)More Less
The name 'mycorrhiza' (a combination of two Greek words meaning 'fungus' and 'roots') is unlikely to ring a bell with most farmers as its use has been promoted only recently. Arbuscular mycorrhiza (AM) fungi have a valuable symbiotic relationship with most plants. (There are other types of mycorrhiza, such as an ectomycorrhizal species associated with oak trees that produces truffles). AM fungi penetrate the plant root but not the cells. They create an enormous 'root system', invisible to the naked eye, that supplies nutrients and water to the plant in exchange for sugars (carbon). In other words, AM substantially adds to the root system of plants.
Author Joe SpencerSource: Farmer’s Weekly 2015, pp 68 –70 (2015)More Less
Here are some silver medal winners from the biennialexpo to be held in November in Hanover, Germany.
1. John Deere iTEC AutoLearn
2. Automatic machine setting system
3. Lemken automatic seed-type calibration
4. Horsch boom control
5. Intelligent, sensor based nozzle control
6. Zürn i-Flow
7. Claas Lexion automatic crop flow control
8. Claas multicrop cracker
9. Kuhn SW 4014AutoLoad