Farmer’s Weekly - Volume 2016, Issue 16005, 2016
Volume 2016, Issue 16005, 2016
Source: Farmer’s Weekly 2016 (2016)More Less
When I first walked into the offices of Farmer's Weekly thirteen years ago, I could never have foreseen the impact that its staff and readers would have on my life. It was just another job, I thought. My father taught me that anything worth doing is worth doing well. So naturally I worked hard, expecting the return to come in the form of satisfaction in seeing a job well done.
Author Tinashe KapuyaSource: Farmer’s Weekly 2016, pp 6 –7 (2016)More Less
Many countries in Southern Africa will have to import large volumes of maize to make up for the shortfall caused by the drought in the region. Manager of international trade and investment intelligence at the Agricultural Business Chamber (Agbiz), Tinashe Kapuya, explores possible sources of maize imports and how South Africa will cope with these high volumes.
Source: Farmer’s Weekly 2016, pp 12 –21 (2016)More Less
A thought for the foreman
Agri organisations join forces to fight drought fallout
Agri organisations join forces to fight drought fallout
Local wool market maintains momentum despite slight drop
David and Goliath
Could high Chinese sugar demand affect SA's industry?
Weak rand to blame for avo price surge
Majority approve of expropriation bill
Beef price stays relatively stable despite increased slaughtering
South Africa regains market access to Thailand for table grapes
EU consumers demand more organic potatoes
Drought-tolerant maize varieties improve smallholder crop yield
Russia implements more bans on food imports
ROGESA's possible impacts and activities 'underplayed'
US biotech company achieves 'very low nicotine tobacco'
Arson blamed for Simonsberg fire
Uranium mining threatens Karoo
Landbank officials to appear in court for alleged2007 theft
Record prices for rooibos
Raisin prices looking up
'KZN needs to pair up collapsed farms with agricultural graduates'
Farmers urged to place black graduates on farms
Joburg Market's CEO summarily dismissed
Veil of secrecy thrown over PBO investor saga
Free State farmers in dire need of production financing
Government reports back on drought intervention
Dams levels down in Zim
US tightens permit requirements for lion hunts
High-ranking officer in court over rhino poaching
VinPro day sets the scene for SA wine industry
KZN holds summit for jobless agricultural graduates
Afasa and Nerpo leadership meet to discuss drought
Author Peter HughesSource: Farmer’s Weekly 2016 (2016)More Less
A lack of integrity is just plain bad for business, not to mention the country. During a recent visit to a friend in Limpopo, we stopped at a local watering hole for a beer. A farmer there was complaining vehemently about the latest petty thieving incident he had experienced, and maligned the local police for their incompetence. My friend, who is also a farmer, later told me that this man was well known in the district for employing illegal workers from Mozambique.
Author Elmari LemmerSource: Farmer’s Weekly 2016 (2016)More Less
Author Nan SmithSource: Farmer’s Weekly 2016 (2016)More Less
Careful planning and innovation could be the antidote to the drought, volatile rand, low milk price and high feed costs. The dry period is critical for postcalving performance. If you are a split season operator coming up to autumn calving, you will benefit if you keep a target body condition score (BCS) of between 3,25 and 3,5 at dry-off. Plan to feed different rations for autumn fresh cows and spring stale cows to keep the feed budget tight. Stay on track with young heifer vaccination programmes and prepare calf facilities for autumn calves. Finally, check pasture residuals ahead of autumn planting.
Author Fanie SteynSource: Farmer’s Weekly 2016, pp 38 –39 (2016)More Less
South Africa is a top producer of livestock genetics and has the technological edge needed to supply high-quality semen to local and international markets. Dr Fanie Steyn, MD of Ramsem, which has partnered with Taurus-Evolution to set up a new bull station in Bloemfontein, talks to Annelie Coleman.
Source: Farmer’s Weekly 2016, pp 40 –42 (2016)More Less
A recent survey among local maize producers concluded that total maize production in South Africa for the 2016/2017 season was estimated at between 5,5 million tons to 7,5 milliontons. Producers reportedly underestimated the final crop for the 2015/2016 season by 6%, at 6,2 million tons on 1,6 million hectares. The Crop Estimates Committee's first production forecast for the year will be released soon.
Author Glenneis KrielSource: Farmer’s Weekly 2016, pp 44 –46 (2016)More Less
Using GPS monitoring in conjunction with aerial technology allows farmers to increase farming efficiency. The results, however, are highly dependent on interpretation of the data and the type of technology used, says Mico Stander of Agrimotion. Technology is like a dog. You need to find one that does the right job for you. This is the opinion of Mico Stander, agricultural consultant at Agrimotion,based in Somerset West. "For example, you're not going to get a dachshund to do the job of an Anatolian sheepdog," he says.
Author Michiel ScholtzSource: Farmer’s Weekly 2016, pp 48 –49 (2016)More Less
Crossbreeding beef cattle is gaining ground, as SA farmers increasingly value high productivity and low production costs. Prof Michiel Scholtz, head of the Vaalharts Crossbreeding Programme, tells Wilma den Hartigh about the programme's contribution to the utilisation of crossbreeds. Research into, and acceptance of, crossbreeds is important for the sustainability and competitiveness of the South sector, says Prof Michiel Scholtz, head of the Vaalharts Crossbreeding Programme. The programme was established to demonstrate how genetic selection and crossbreeding can optimise economically important traits such as fertility, growth, efficiency, health and carcass characteristics in cattle.
Author Gerhard UysSource: Farmer’s Weekly 2016, pp 50 –52 (2016)More Less
Pitso Sekhoto and his daughter Nono farm apples near Senekal in the Free State. The Sekhotos spoke to Gerhard Uys about orchard production, climate change and drought. Pitso Sekhoto's connection to agriculture goes back to his father, who speculated in cattle while Pitso was growing up. Now chairperson of the Deciduous Fruit Development Chamber (a Hortgro affiliate), and a busy commercial farmer in his own right, Pitso has made large strides in his farming career. In 2008, Pitso bought Makolobane, a farm near Senekal in the Free State.
Author Bill KerrSource: Farmer’s Weekly 2016 (2016)More Less
Having ignored my own advice - given to readers in a past column - I recently ended up paying the price. This prompted me to take another look at the topic of cucurbit viruses, as I'm sure I'm not the only one taking chances! Viruses infecting the pumpkin family have always been a major problem. Susceptible crops become almost completely infected late in the season. Four main cucurbit viruses do the rounds in Southern Africa.