News

Read the latest updates from IrriCheck. Including news stories, case studies and press releases.

Managing the domino effect for a quality litchi crop

The process of eating a litchi reveals a greater truth about the fruit’s production: crack the hard part and reap the sweet rewards. While many have opted out of this journey, litchi farmer André Schoeman has continuously placed his bets on the crop, focusing on timing to get maximum returns.

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SA citrus exports predicted to grow despite challenges

The 2024 citrus export season is set to commence this month, marking the beginning of an anticipated period of heightened activity. Leading up to this crucial phase, the variety focus groups of the Citrus Growers’ Association of Southern Africa (CGA) disclosed their projected export volumes for the forthcoming season during the Citrus Marketing Forum convened last week.

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Starting small put Mathebula on a path to prosperity

Sanela Mathebula went from humble beginnings with 15 000 cabbage seedlings to building New Style Farming into a thriving enterprise in Mpumalanga. His advice to aspiring farmers emphasises starting small, learning from others, and maintaining discipline

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Cybersecurity in agriculture: A critical factor for South Africa’s food security

In every industry across the globe, technology has improved productivity, efficiency, and communication, and agriculture is no exception. “Once considered a traditionally low-tech industry, the increased use of email, online monitoring tools, remote controls, and payment systems – together with automated smart farming equipment such as internet-connected tractors – means the digital threat level has increased for farmers,” says Carey van Vlaanderen, CEO of ESET Southern Africa.

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Fighting the Russian wheat aphid to safeguard SA’s crop

Addressing the challenge of Russian wheat aphid in South Africa requires a multifaceted approach that combines host-plant resistance and biological, cultural and chemical control.

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The critical element that determines cabbage yield

Farmers know that nitrogen is necessary for growing cabbages and other crops, but many do not fully understand its importance for maximising yields, writes Bill Kerr.

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How crop diversification is boosting productivity and sustainability in SA agriculture

The agricultural landscape is experiencing a notable shift away from the conventional method of mono-cropping, where large expanses of land are dedicated to the cultivation of a single crop variety.

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How a focus on genetics can triple macadamia yield

The macadamia industry has yet to make the quantum leap in yield seen in older industries like apples and citrus. But with a greater focus on genetics, and fine-tuning every step in the production process, tripling macadamia yields could soon be a reality.

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Farmers can save water with wireless technologies.

I study computers and information technology in the Purdue Polytechnic Institute and direct Purdue’s Environmental Networking Technology (ENT) Laboratory, where we tackle sustainability and environmental challenges with interdisciplinary research into the Agricultural Internet of Things, or Ag-IoT.

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Avo farm’s long journey to profitability

Land restitution farms in South Africa have a patchy success rate, with many going to ruins after the change in ownership. Failure is usually attributed to the sudden change in management from those with a farming background to those without, as well as a critical lack of operating capital. Lindi Botha spoke to Tom Mdluli of the Matsafeni Trust about surviving despite the challenges, and their plans to expand the operation.

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