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Farmer's Weekly 02 October 2020

Farmer’s Weekly is an agricultural magazine based in South Africa, targeting the whole of Southern Africa. The magazine is committed to advancing the interests of the region’s farmers and its agricultural industry by serving as a mouthpiece for the industry and by keeping its readers informed of the latest developments in the agricultural sector.

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Country:
South Africa
Language:
English
Publisher:
Caxton Magazines
Frequency:
Weekly

in this issue

2 min.
living as we do is killing our world

Scientists have recently observed signs of possible life in the thick cloud cover that envelopes our neighbouring planet, Venus. They saw the fingerprints of a rare molecule that could be produced by living organisms. After having read two reports published in September detailing the decline of Earth’s natural biodiversity, I cannot help but fear that we too might be headed in a direction where the only indication of life on this planet will be chemical compounds and single-cell organisms that settle in dust clouds in our atmosphere. You don’t even have to believe in climate change (but you should!) to acknowledge that the effect humans have had on the planet has been disastrous. We have burnt, chopped down, slaughtered and polluted the natural resources that we depend on to sustain us…

6 min.
saving the planet depends on a new agriculture

“Global economic growth over the past half-century has changed our world unrecognisably, driving exponential improvements in health, knowledge and standards of living. Yet this has come at a huge cost to nature and the stability of Earth’s operating systems that sustain us. Since 1970, global GDP has increased four times, the extraction of living materials from nature has tripled and the world’s human population has doubled, along with an enormous trend towards urbanisation. People living in cities now account for 50% of the global population. Trade has exploded; the value of exports rose 200-fold from 1970 to 2017, with the largest increases in developed countries. This boom has enabled higher-income countries to increase their consumption even though nature, within their own boundaries, is relatively well protected; much of the added consumption…

2 min.
13 to 15 october fresh summit

CONFERENCES, WORKSHOPS & EXPOS 29 OCTOBER AgriAllAfrica Agribusiness Conference, CSIR, Pretoria. Email Marianna du Plessis at marianna.duplessis@gmail.com, or phone her on 063 076 9135. 6 TO 7 NOVEMBER Environmental Waste and Landfill Management, Emperors Palace, Johannesburg.Email admin@maphosam.co.za. COURSES & TRAINING 28 SEPTEMBER TO 2 OCTOBER Handyman Course, Agri Skills Cullinan Farm Training Centre. Email Agri Skills Transfer at admin@agriskills.net, or phone 012460 9585. 5 TO 9 OCTOBER Beef Cattle Management, Agricultural Research Council, Irene Campus, Pretoria. Email Mpho Makhanya at makhanyam@arc.agric.za, or phone her on 012 672 9153. 5 TO 9 OCTOBER Tractor Operation and Maintenance, Buhle Farmers’ Academy, Delmas Campus.Email info@buhle.org.za. 8 TO 9 OCTOBER Cattle Nutrition Management, George. Visit rltsafrica. com/product/nutrition-management. 12 TO 16 OCTOBER Veld Management, Modimolle. Email Frits van Oudtshoorn at courses@alut.co.za, or phone him on 078 228 0008. 16 OCTOBER Cattle Dairy Farming Management and Production, George. Visit rltsafrica.com/product/ dairy-farming. 19 TO 23…

3 min.
19 december 1979 watering the holy land

41 YEARS AGO Over the decades, Israel has proved to be particularly innovative when it comes to agriculture. The Sirin Irrigation Scheme is no exception. Peace and water are probably the two most sought-after things in Israel, and the Israelis are willing to battle for both. One only has to chat to Abba Niv, an agricultural engineer with the Jordan Valley Soil and Water Conservation Service, to find out first, how important water is to the country and, second, how innovative the Israelis are in devising ways and means of getting that water to where it can best be utilised. So here Niv and I stood nearly 200m below sea-level, with not a drop of water in sight. We were standing on the watershed of Deganya, the oldest collective kibbutz farm in Israel.…

3 min.
giving smallholder farmers bull-power!

The Western Cape currently produces approximately 14% of the national beef output. The contribution by smallholder producers is relatively small and the animals used for production are from many and varied breeds. The aim of the Bull Project of the Western Cape Department of Agriculture is to make top beef breed genetics available to smallholder farmers to increase the volume and quality they offer to the market. Stud bulls are generally very expensive, and it’s thus difficult for these farmers to afford top-quality genetics. This project addresses this barrier. Results from the first bulls that have been distributed to smallholders have already shown that these beef producers are getting better prices on the market, and are selling heavier weaners to feedlots. SINCE 2016, TOP BULLS HAVE BEEN DISTRIBUTED TO 26 FARMERS A JOINT EFFORT The Bull…

3 min.
positive outlook for global grain and oilseed production

Analysts are increasingly convinced that the recent unfavourable weather conditions in parts of Europe, Asia and the US will not have a severe adverse effect on global grain and oilseed production estimates. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) released its monthly update of World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates recently, which painted a similar picture of abundant supplies as that of the International Grains Council (IGC). The 2020/2021 global maize harvest was revised down marginally by 1% from last month to 1,16 billion tons, primarily on expectations of lower yields in the US, Ukraine, EU and Russia, among others. Nonetheless, the total projected output is still 4% higher than the previous season. INCREASED PRICES OF SOYA PRODUCTS RESULT IN HIGHER COSTS FOR ANIMAL FEED These slight reductions in monthly production estimates, coupled with the…