Category: Conservation Agriculture

 

Farmland Investment Fund Quantifies Impact of Regenerative Practices at $21m

Reported by Agfunder news, Farmland fund manager Farmland LP[http://www.farmlandlp.com/] has released its 2017 impact report summarizing the social and environmental impacts of its funds and quantifying the positive impact its management practices have on the local and... Read more about 'Farmland Investment Fund Quantifies Impact of Regenerative Practices at $21m'...


Cover crops for dry land crop production

Scientific trial results in the North West, with 289 different plant combinations, has delivered guidelines on cover crop production for dry land crop farmers. Read article by Landbou.com here. (Article in Afrikaans) Read more about 'Cover crops for dry land crop production'...


Implications of a carbon tax and offset system for agriculture in South Africa

The South African Government has committed to reducing GHG emissions by 34% by 2020 and 42% by 2025 (National Climate Change Response Policy 2011). Part of the strategy to drive this is enforcing... Read more about 'Implications of a carbon tax and offset system for agriculture in South Africa'...


Bewaringslandbou ál uitweg in Noordwes

Bewaringsboerdery kan nie net die impak van klimaatsverandering versag nie, maar ook opbrengs verhoog en inset koste verlaag. Mielie proewe in 2014/15 wys hoer opbrengs vir bewaringsboerdery in Noordwes. Die opbrengs van mielies onder bewaringsboerdery proewe... Read more about 'Bewaringslandbou ál uitweg in Noordwes'...


Aljazeera documentary/ dokumentêr

Here is an Aljazeera documentry looking at the current drought situation in the Western Cape, the agriculture sector and how Fruitlook and research in plant resilience plays a role.   Hier is 'n Aljazeera dokumentêr... Read more about 'Aljazeera documentary/ dokumentêr '...


Chad is the country most vulnerable to climate change - here's why

Chad has been identified as the most vulnerable country to climate change in a study involving 186 countries. Over the past 50 years, 90% of Lake Chad has disappeared due to droughts and... Read more about 'Chad is the country most vulnerable to climate change - here's why'...


Vrugteboere dink drasties nuut oor water

Mikrospruitjies help Ceres vrugteboere heel seisoen besproei. Die nuwe waterwysheid mikrospruitjies uit Isreal word al seder laas jaar deur Ceres-boere gebruik en wys besparings van 2000 tot 3000 m3/ha. Lees meer oor die verskeidenheid water... Read more about 'Vrugteboere dink drasties nuut oor water'...


Biological farming ensures dairy farm’s success

Using biological farming methods in farming to increased productivity, decreases input costs and so higher profits are becoming more common. Building the organic matter in soils and limiting the use of chemical fertilisers, using cattle... Read more about 'Biological farming ensures dairy farm’s success'...


South Africa: ZZ2 ‘Nature Farming’ takes compost to new level

ZZ2 applies 'natuurboerdery' or nature farming practices from their choice of rootstocks, using predator insects, leaf extracts and a variety of composts depending on soil type and commodity needs. ZZ2's composting is said... Read more about 'South Africa: ZZ2 ‘Nature Farming’ takes compost to new level'...


No-till in SA – The message spreads

Conservation agriculture is an increasing trend implemented by farmers worldwide. The three principles of conservation agriculture including maximum diversity in crops grown/cover crops, maximum soil cover and minimal soil disturbance. This article provides an... Read more about 'No-till in SA – The message spreads'...


Pulses and Climate Change

The changing climatic conditions will continue to put pressure on agricultural systems and populations dependent on produce especially vulnerable communities. This infographic shows how one can increase resilience to climate change through the introduction... Read more about 'Pulses and Climate Change'...


Stellies farm workers turn carbon credits into cash

Is regenerative farming only good for the environment or does it make good business sense as well? Twenty-seven employees of the Spier wine estate have, through a climate change mitigation initiative, shared R102... Read more about 'Stellies farm workers turn carbon credits into cash'...


Vegetable crops improve wheat yield

Adding brassicas in the form of canola to crop rotation programmes is not so uncommon however adding vegetable brassicas, including broccoli and cauliflower is an alternative being explored. This unconventional crop rotation programme of... Read more about 'Vegetable crops improve wheat yield'...


The State of Food and Agriculture

In this infographic the UN: Food and Agriculture Organisation highlights how climate change may affect agricultural production. It further identifies the possible responses that can be adopted through sustainable agriculture practices. Click here to... Read more about 'The State of Food and Agriculture '...


Soils store & filter water: Resilience to floods and drought

Healthy soils are important in the supply of clean water and ensuring increase resilience to floods and drought. Healthy soils can store water, making it available for absorption by crops, and thus minimizing... Read more about 'Soils store & filter water: Resilience to floods and drought'...


SA teen wins Google Science Fair 2016 grand prize

A citrus peel and avocado oil product has recently won first price at Google Science Fair in the US for being able to reduce the impact of drought on agricultural production. The product... Read more about 'SA teen wins Google Science Fair 2016 grand prize'...


Conservation Agriculture Newsletter August

View the latest Conservation Agriculture newsletter here.  Read more about 'Conservation Agriculture Newsletter August'...


Optimising conservation farming with technology

Andrew Jonker runs a wheat and livestock operation near Riversdale in the Western Cape. He explained to Glenneis Kriel from Farmer's Weekly how he combined conservation farming principles with the latest precision farming technology... Read more about 'Optimising conservation farming with technology '...


Participate in holistic planned grazing study

Proper veld management is directly linked to the stocking rates and overall condition of livestock but is high-density grazing allowing farmers to increase stocking rates and improve veld and animal production? Or is... Read more about 'Participate in holistic planned grazing study'...


Conservation Agriculture July Newsletter

View the Western Cape's Conservation Agriculture Newsletter for July, which includes studies done on the cost benefits of cover crops, useful links and upcoming events. Read Newsletter Read more about 'Conservation Agriculture July Newsletter'...


Conservation Agriculture Newsletter

Read the latest news in Conservation Agriculture including case studies, latest research and upcoming events here. For previous issues click here. Read more about 'Conservation Agriculture Newsletter'...


Conservation Agriculture Western Cape

Conservation Agriculture Western Cape (CAWC) is a non-profit association formed in 2011 as a forum for all matters concerning conservation agriculture. On this forum farmers, researchers and industry can get together and discuss matters... Read more about 'Conservation Agriculture Western Cape'...


Conservation Agriculture Newsletter

The Western Cape Department of Agriculture has a monthly newsletter on conservation agriculture. Read the latest issue here. For previous issues click here. Read more about 'Conservation Agriculture Newsletter'...


Beating the drought with conservation farming

Michael Dippenaar a farmer from the Swellendam area shares about conservation agriculture. Read full article here. Read more about 'Beating the drought with conservation farming'...


No-till farming experiences

Mr Reynolds is a farmer from Lincolnshire (UK) who has been practicing Conservation Agriculture for more than 10 years. You can view an interview on his experience in no-till farming here[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jSKtJBkhGrc&feature=youtu.be].  Read more about 'No-till farming experiences'...


Conservation tillage is not conservation agriculture

A lot of confusion arise with all the concepts and definitions out there. To understand the deference between conservation tillage and conservation agriculture read the full article on the Journal of Soil and... Read more about 'Conservation tillage is not conservation agriculture'...