Want to shoot out the lights with your maize, sunflower or soya crop? African Farming spoke to Johan Meyer from Hartbeesfontein in North West, the winner of the Grow for Gold competition, to hear how this maize and sunflower farmer managed to achieve a record sunflower yield of 4.4t/ha.
This week on African Farming, Lindiwe Sithole spends time with award-winning livestock and sheep farmer Aviwe Gxotiwe. Tune in this Thursday at 18:30 on Mzansi Wethu (DStv channel 163).
Because it is now winter and the grass has dried off, cattle need a supplement to get sufficient nutrients. The fodder-flow plan has been in place from the beginning of May, in preparation for the dry season.
While many farmers read articles and books about the problems they face, there are few resources where farmers can get an idea of the basic natural systems that will allow them to farm more cheaply by farming with nature rather than against it. These practices allow farmers to use less expensive inputs like chemicals and fertilisers. Here’s some advice: