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Piggery tips from an expert

THINK CAREFULLY BEFORE USING YOUR OWN ANIMALS TO BREED WITH The perceived advantage of using on-farm stock is that the farmer does not need to buy in breeding stock or pay a royalty fee to the breeding company for using

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Farming Cheats: Growing the king of vegetables

Cabbage is one of the most widely-grown vegetable crops in South Africa. Excellent yields can be obtained if you know what you’re doing, and the crop can be highly profitable. Cabbage is expensive to grow though, so you need to pay a lot of attention to detail.

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Farming Cheats: Seven tips for a great maize harvest

Maize yields have skyrocketed. Back in the 1980s and 1990s 10 tons per hectare was exceptional, with the average on dryland typically being between 3 and 6 t/ha. Today 10 t/ha and even more, even without irrigation, are pretty standard, with the record maize yield (irrigated) being in the vicinity of 23 t/ha! These increases are due to improved hybrids and on-farm management practices.

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Farmers’ Diaries: Sinelizwi Fakade

It’s February, and the country has enjoyed great summer rains after almost a decade of dry summers. But while it is a blessing, much rain also presents farmers with unique challenges. African Farming went to find out what our farmers are busy with during this wet month.

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