Organic farming: Let bats fight for you

These small mammals have a massive appetite for insects and can consume more than their body weight in a single night. They should be part of every integrated pest management system. A colony of bats can devour more than a million insects a night. This makes them an invaluable partner…

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Crop production: Maize pests – control starts with knowing the enemy

Early identification and effective control practices can significantly reduce the impact of pests on crops. Farmers should not only familiarise themselves with pests that pose threats to their crops, but also learn more about their developmental stages and the best methods to control them. Dr. Annemie Erasmus, a research entomologist…

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Pest control: Attract owls to the farm

Creating a safe habitat for owls on your farm is one of the easiest, most economical and environmentally friendly ways to eliminate rodents. Grain producers and farmers who store large quantities of animal feed will tell you that they experience problems with pests such as rodents on their farms at…

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Fruit production: Manage fruit flies

Fruit flies are among the most damaging pests to fruit. Using baits should be an integral part of managing them holistically. Fruit fly baits are often not used, or not used with sufficient attention or urgency. For this reason, the fruit industry has compiled baiting guidelines for farmers and contractors.…

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