Fruit production: Why some trees and vines don’t bear fruit

Farmers often find that some of their fruit trees bear poor quality fruit, or do not produce any fruit at all. Instead of removing these trees, farmers should rather determine the reasons for the poor performance. There can be many reasons why fruit trees or vines are not producing optimally.…

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Fruit production: Tips for soil and vine management for your grapes

The quality of wine depends largely on vine management. Here are some tips for achieving optimal returns from new vineyards. Proper soil preparation is very important when establishing vineyards. Soil profile holes should be dug to determine the soil type and structure, to see whether any restrictive layers – such…

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Clever wire and pipe dispenser

One of farmer Rean de Waal's most useful patents is a device that allows him to simultaneously dispense 4 lines of steel wire and one drip irrigation pipe. This is to rig a vineyard trellis with irrigation pipes, of which there is not much in Zambia, Malawi or Zimbabwe, but…

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