Farmer’s Weekly - Volume 2016, Issue 16002, 2016
Volume 2016, Issue 16002, 2016
Source: Farmer’s Weekly 2016 (2016)More Less
For a few days at the end of 2015, South Africa's working class could allow itself to be blinded by fireworks and twinkling Christmas decorations. South Africa's farmers, however, surrounded by their unplanted lands, may have found it a bit more difficult to forget their dire situation. With the taking down of the last Christmas lights and the throwing away of empty champagne bottles, we are again forced to face reality.
Source: Farmer’s Weekly 2016, pp 12 –20 (2016)More Less
Hope springs eternal
Drought depresses grain outlook
Another dry season awaits drought weary farmers
An uncertain year for red meat producers
Pork producers must prepare for a difficult year
Signs of milk price recovery
Poutry imports to increase
Sugar farmers encouraged to persevere through drought conditions
Cotton plantings likely to expand further
Mixed year expected for pome fruit
Bullish outlook for stone fruit exports
Author Karen TheronSource: Farmer’s Weekly 2016, pp 24 –25 (2016)More Less
Author Rumpff KrugerSource: Farmer’s Weekly 2016 (2016)More Less
Source: Farmer’s Weekly 2016, pp 30 –46 (2016)More Less
Be alert to opportunity
plans to diversify to ensure sustainability
Top grain producers plan to lower costs and increase water use efficiency
Only USE the best genetics
'We could all be a bit more optimistic'
New era grain farmer 'serious about farming'
A virus- and disease-free seed potato crop for 2016
Quality is the name of the game
Top farm worker believes in education and respect
Exceptional year for KWV
Buckle up fora tough year
Precision farming a must for the future
'No other state can offer what we have'
'We produced our highest average maize crop ever'
Stock theft a big problem for farmers
Allow nature to select your best performing animals
Author Lloyd PhillipsSource: Farmer’s Weekly 2016, pp 48 –50 (2016)More Less
Although Zambia has a thriving agricultural sector, much of the industry still lags in the implementation of modern practices and technologies for improved productivity and profitability. One operation, however, is setting the trend for being a progressive and diversified farming business.
Author Robbie BlaineSource: Farmer’s Weekly 2016, pp 52 –55 (2016)More Less
The legendary Wauldby Dohne Merino Stud from the Amabele area near Stutterheim in the Eastern Cape was founded by Deemie Blaine in 1947. Mike Burgess visited Blaine's grandson, Robbie, a finalist in the 2015 National Sheep Farmer of the Year competition, to find out how he continues to farm his stud in this challenging environment.
Author Koena Jack MoraduSource: Farmer’s Weekly 2016, pp 58 –59 (2016)More Less
Author Bill KerrSource: Farmer’s Weekly 2016 (2016)More Less
While working for a large seed company, I once had a chat with one of the directors, a financial fundi who contributed to steering the company in the right direction. He noted that many students who finished university with a very good academic record failed to make it into the 'big time'. They had the knowledge, he said, but those who became successful had a better sense of timing. This applies equally to farming. To become a successful vegetable farmer, knowing what needs to be done is not enough. It's the timing of each step that can make all the difference between a good yield and a mediocre one.
Author Mike CordesSource: Farmer’s Weekly 2016 (2016)More Less
Talking to market agents these days can be quite depressing. In the past, there were always people you could rely on to give you a more positive view of current issues on the markets or in the sector in general. These days, the positives are hard to find - but they are there. The drought is taking its toll and crops in some areas are virtually non-existent. On the flip side, in the deciduous fruit production areas, they are talking of excellent crops. The hot, dry weather is ideal for fruit development.
Author Chris NelSource: Farmer’s Weekly 2016, pp 72 –73 (2016)More Less