Potato production: Biology kicks rhizoctonia in the teeth

In 2014, 20% of the potato harvest on the farm Bottervlei in South Africa’s Western Cape Province was lost to rhizoctonia. “We didn’t have a chemical product that could guarantee clean soil. We had already treated all of our seed potatoes with Mancozeb (Reg. no. L7381), a fungicide, but it…

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Crop production: Beating bollworm with biological products

Biological products proved to be the best weapon against bollworm for paprika farmers in South Africa’s North West Province following a great deal of damage and enormous expenditure on chemical control products. “We bred super worms,” explains Stephan Niemann, a paprika farmer from the Stella area in South Africa (SA).…

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Vegetable production: Rye as a windbreak for your carrots

A farmer from Bothaville in South Africa’s Free State Province uses rye as a windbreak for his carrot fields. Wind damage to their young carrots is a serious challenge for Toks Liebenberg from Greenpak and Attie Grobler, Farm Manager at Fraaiuitsig, which forms part of Greenpak. In an attempt to…

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Total Produce pays US$300 million for 45% of Dole

Dole Food Company sold 45% of its stock for US$300 million to the European fresh produce company Total Produce. Total Produce, one of the largest fresh produce companies in Europe, obtained a 45% stake in Dole Food Company. This transaction, worth US$300 million, brings to an end to months of…

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