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How to harvest water and improve soil health with mulching

Estimated reading time: 3 minutes Water is a precious resource in Southern Africa, where it is often in short supply for much of the...

Fertasa symposium explores soil fertility and plant nutrition

Estimated reading time: 4 minutes If boron is reclassified as a toxin within the next year, it will have a catastrophic impact on South...

Update: Effect of fertiliser prices on the grain industry

Traditionally, between 30 and 50% of a grain and oilseed producer’s existing input costs are spent on fertiliser. Fertiliser makes up such a large...

Regenerative agriculture and fertilisers: Addressing misconceptions

Estimated reading time: 10 minutes There is a misconception that fertilisers and regenerative agriculture are two opposing concepts in agriculture. An important factor to consider...

Wean with ease

It is Friday and that is synonym with research projects within the Agricultural Research Council. This week we are visiting the Soil, Water and...

Varsproduktemark-ondersoek

Die Mededingingskommissie se varsproduktemark-ondersoek is op 24 Maart in Pretoria van stapel gestuur. Ruan Maré brei uit hieroor in vandag se episode van Plaas...

Soil health in a nutshell

Estimated reading time: 7 minutes Soil is the upper layer of the earth’s crust and consists of a mixture of mineral particles, organic material,...

The role of organic matter in soil

Of all the components of soil, organic matter is probably the most important and most misunderstood. Organic matter serves as a reservoir of nutrients...

The secret to restoring nutrient density in food

Over the past 60 years, scientists have noticed alarming changes in the nutrient values of the food we eat. A popular article, Mineral Depletion...

Invasive plants and soil health

Invasive plant species are those that have been introduced into a specific area, and that displace and outcompete indigenous species or negatively influence the...