One of the pillars of sustainability is social welfare. An aspect of social welfare that I think receives little focus is the well-being of farmers.
Weeds are a real nuisance. Dealing with them can be a mission. Read this blog to explore how to tackle this issue on your farm.
South Africa has a population of around 59 million people. Of this population, there are only around 40 thousand commercial farmers. This means that each farming unit provides food for around 1475 people. Now that is a lot of mouths to feed!
Cover crops are one of many mechanisms that can help shift agriculture from destructive and sick to regenerative and healthy.
There is a huge issue in agriculture that most of the research, especially prominent research, is driven by the agrochemical agenda.
The goal is to restore agricultural soils to a healthy state – every farm is different, but the principles always apply.
I hope this case study encourages farmers who are in the process of adapting their management in order to achieve greater nitrogen fertiliser efficiency.
These are some questions I was asked by a farmer in the Tsitsikamma the other day about legumes and root nodules.
The amazing thing is that all these ecosystem services support greater agricultural production. They can only be unlocked when the soil is viewed as a valuable natural resource that needs to be conserved.