Thinking beyond your fence

Reading Time: 3 minutes

As a farmer, you can contribute negatively or positively towards the problem of freshwater pollution. If you want to make a positive contribution, what practices are you implementing to do so?

Know your soil

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The soil is more than just a big blob of brown stuff. It has organic matter, mineral particles as well as a variety of microorganisms. The quantity of each of these determines the health of that soil.

How do you manage soils that are afraid of water?

Reading Time: 4 minutes

Hydrophobic soils are the results of a waxy organic compound which forms around soil particles. This substance coats the particles, resulting in water repellency.

Farmers battle to keep the farm productive

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Farmers are waging a daily war to keep their farm productive. Find out what they are doing on the battlefield to strengthen their allies and win the war.

Thriving soil ecosystems

Reading Time: 6 minutes

What if we could build healthy, thriving soil ecosystems? Soil which allows plants to grow well, without excessive and expensive inputs.

Are cities healthier than farms?

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I realised again that there is still a lot of work for us, as the sustainable agriculture community, to do. We need to continue improving the health of agricultural land.

The “too much of a good thing” effect of nitrogen

Reading Time: 4 minutes

Nitrogen is a nutrient that is crucial for the optimal growth of plants. Its role in plant health may very well be unparalleled, but what happens when it becomes excessive in the soil? Is it “the more the better”, or rather a case of “too much of a good thing”?

Green ranging free grazing

Reading Time: 2 minutes

Dairy cows on pastures are green ranching free grazing cows. These are happy cows, because they have the freedom to move about and enjoy green grass to eat. The farmer takes really good care of them and make sure they are comfortable and healthy. Read more about what the farmer does to ensure the good life that these animals are living.

Farming sector: The backbone of society

Reading Time: 4 minutes

There is no time like the present when it comes to educating the public about agriculture and the role it plays in our lives. It cannot be overstated how crucial it is for more people to understand agriculture and not be influenced by common misconceptions.

How much water does it take to produce a litre of milk?

Reading Time: 7 minutes

The average water use across farms is therefore 911 litres of water per litre of milk. The main point I would like to make though is that the water use efficiency varies between the different farm systems.