New app puts production guidelines in farmers’ hands

The aim of its new app is to put useful production information, solutions and guidelines on a variety of agricultural commodities at the fingertips of farmers, says South Africa’s (SA) Agricultural Research Council (ARC). The organisation launched its ARC Hub application at the recent Nampo Harvest Day near Bothaville in…

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Indigenous cattle can save farmers as climate changes

Farming with indigenous cattle breeds adapted to extreme conditions, linked to global warming and climate change, can be the salvation of future cattle farming. During an information day at the Armoedsvlakte bull test centre, Mokgadi Seshoka, animal scientist from the Agricultural Research Council (ARC) Animal Production Institute at Irene, said…

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Wheat farmers must keep eyes open for fall armyworm

It looks like the fall armyworm (FAW) is now developing an appetite for wheat after already causing serious damage to southern African summer crops earlier this year. The pest (Spodoptera frugiperda) which damaged crops like maize, sweet corn and sorghum was also seen in wheat production areas in Zimbabwe. Grain…

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Eastern Cape farmers get a glimpse of improved maize varieties in the pipeline

Smallholder farmers in the Eastern Cape were introduced to advanced seed varieties of the WEMA-Tela(Bt) project at a farmers’ day near Willowvale, organised by the Agricultural Research Council in collaboration with the Eastern Cape Department of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform. Theses varieties from the Water Efficient Maize for Africa…

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