Category: Soil Health

 

Startups aiming to improve the condition of agricultural soils

AgFunder News has put together a list of start-ups that are working on improving agricultural soils. These are in areas of: Microbiome Technologies; Cover Crops; Bio-Fertilisers; Soil Sampling Technologies; and Water-Saving Soil Technologies.... Read more about 'Startups aiming to improve the condition of agricultural soils'...


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'...


2018 Report on the testing and validation of the Biotrans Pole Sleeve for Livestock Feedlots

Livestock feedlots present the most aggressive service conditions that cause preserved wooden poles to rot. Feedlot owners know only too well that replacing the rotten poles is an expensive and time-consuming problem. The... Read more about '2018 Report on the testing and validation of the Biotrans Pole Sleeve for Livestock Feedlots'...


Soil health day presentations

See presentations for the second annual soil health day held at Morgensrust, 22 March, at this link.  Read more about 'Soil health day presentations'...


Biodiversiteit en grondgesondheid

Landbou.com kyk na die belangrikheid van biodiversiteit, spesifiek mikrobiese aktiwiteit en bio-indikatore, soos aalwurms, wat jou kan help om jou grondgesondheid te ontleed en so beter kan boer.  Lees artikel hier.  Read more about 'Biodiversiteit en grondgesondheid'...


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'...


The sustainability of organic wine production

Several wine estates in South Africa are following the trend of converting to organic wine producing and processing, in the footsteps of its major export markets: the European Union (EU), United Kingdom (UK),... Read more about 'The sustainability of organic wine production'...


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'...


Tap Technology for Your Next Move

Farming proactively rather than re-actively is becoming ever more advanced through drone technology. Aerial imagery has most commonly been used by farmers to identify curious looking spots on an image, such as stress from weeds,... Read more about 'Tap Technology for Your Next Move'...


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'...


Farmers Worldwide Recognize Soil’s Importance

Healthy soils provide great benefits during changing climatic conditions. This article reflects on real life farmers around the world who have changed their practices and are seeing the benefits. Read more here.  Read more about 'Farmers Worldwide Recognize Soil’s Importance'...


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'...


Reliance receives go-ahead for R250m Waste to Energy project

Changing waste to energy and rebuilding depleted agricultural soils to high humus soils. Corona Farm in the Paarl region has been given the go-ahead to turn organic waste into energy through the development of a... Read more about 'Reliance receives go-ahead for R250m Waste to Energy project'...


Earth's soil carbon reservoir poses massive risk to climate change mitigation

Soil carbon is a valuable, vulnerable resource. Carbon is sequestered underground after being "fixed" from the atmosphere via plants or organic residues and then incorporated into soils through largely natural processes. Soil carbon content consists... Read more about 'Earth's soil carbon reservoir poses massive risk to climate change mitigation'...


Conservation Agriculture Western Cape Newsletter Feb

In this newsletter you can read relevant articles, research and developments in conservation agriculture, as well as, links to further reading.  Read newsletter. Read more about 'Conservation Agriculture Western Cape Newsletter Feb'...


Western Cape Department of Agriculture receives planter

Research on conservation planting and farming methods by the Western Cape Department of Agriculture will in future be considerably easier, thanks to the donation of a disc planter. Read more Read more about 'Western Cape Department of Agriculture receives planter'...


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'...


World Soil Day: conserve this precious resource

The UN has named 5 December ‘World Soil Day’! Soil health is a key component of any farm influencing produce and ultimate profitability. To read more about soil conservation and its health click... Read more about 'World Soil Day: conserve this precious resource'...


Switch to biological farming expected to bring significant savings and keep growers on the land

There is a trend of farmers moving from chemical to biological farming systems. Various factors drives this, including increasing consumer demand for biologically grown, or organic products and potential cost savings. There are however drawbacks.... Read more about 'Switch to biological farming expected to bring significant savings and keep growers on the land'...


The Future of Farming is in the Soil

Humanity is exerting intense pressure on our planet, and many agricultural practices are degrading soil stability and fertility over time. Worldwide, we’re losing soil about thirty times faster than it’s being replaced.  As... Read more about 'The Future of Farming is in the Soil'...


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'...


Tillage vs no-till: a farmer’s cost comparison

Agricultural economist and part-time farmer, Dr Philip Theunissen, provides a detailed efficiency and cost comparison between conventional tillage and no-till maize crops.  Read article Credit: Farmer's weekly  Read more about 'Tillage vs no-till: a farmer’s cost comparison'...


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'...


Soils & Biodiversity

2015 Was the international year of soils. Soils host a quarter of our planets biodiversity. Have a look at the United Nation: Food and Agriculture Organisation's soil and biodiversity infographic and the importance... Read more about 'Soils & Biodiversity'...


Converting to organic faming

Farmer's Weekly spoke to a commercial farmer who converted to organic farming after realizing the dangers that chemical farming poses to human and environmental health. The farmers discusses his soil type and rainfall... Read more about 'Converting to organic faming'...


Kenya to restore degraded land

Kenya recently announced it will be rehabilitating 5,1 million hectares of degraded land. The implementation of a land restoration programme would help farmers, who make up 75% of Kenyans, to achieve, and benefit from,... Read more about 'Kenya to restore degraded land'...


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'...


Crop Rotation

Crop rotation has numerous benefits, including less or no use of chemicals and synthetic fertilisers, but done incorrectly can have disastrous consequences. Read a case study featured by Farmer's Weekly on crop rotation... Read more about 'Crop Rotation'...


Cover Crop Chart

The Cover Crop Chart represents a compendium of information from multiple sources in the U.S. and Canada. Primary sources of information included the Midwest Cover Crops Council, USDA-SARE, USDA-NRCS PLANTS database, and relevant peer-reviewed... Read more about 'Cover Crop Chart'...


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'...


New soil health support centre of South Africa

Sheila Storey owner of Nemlab, (the Cape based nematology laboratory and research facility) and Willie Pretorius owner of Soil Health Solutions (the Cape based soil health analytical and consulting service) have joined forces... Read more about 'New soil health support centre of South Africa'...


Useful tips on healthy soils

See what's new under GreenAgri's useful tips on soil health[sitetree_link,id=218]. We have included a section on soil health tests and analysis.  Read more about 'Useful tips on healthy soils'...


Soil Carbon Restoration

A short video talking about Soil Carbon Restoration. Watch the video here Read more about 'Soil Carbon Restoration'...


The Science of Soil Health: Cover Crops and Moisture

There are things farmers can do to mitigate the effects of a dry year. View a clip on cover crops and soil moisture here. Read more about 'The Science of Soil Health: Cover Crops and Moisture'...


Carbon that counts

In this article by Dr Christine Jones, founder of Amazing Carbon, she speaks to the over emphasis that is put on the status of phosphorous (P) and nitrogen (N) in soil and... Read more about 'Carbon that counts'...