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Agricultural challenges continue to grow in the wake of global climate, social and economic changes. For producers and processors of oilseeds to remain profitable, access to research and other information is crucial. Oilseeds Focus is dedicated to keeping all role-players in the oilseeds value chain informed of the latest research, market movements and news relating to this group of lucrative agricultural products.

The March 2024 issue of Oilseeds Focus contains relevant articles with comprehensive insights into news and market reports, industry events and research.

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Articles to look forward to in this issue:

  • Understanding disease intensity.
  • Canola research in the spotlight.
  • Climate change and agriculture.
  • Swathing or direct combining of canola.
  • Sunflower seedling development.
  • Crop pests that collude with weeds.
  • Gypsum and calcium: Solutions to sodic soils.
  • Zero waste technology in soya bean processing.
  • Soya bean and sunflower markets update.
  • Peanuts as functional food: A review.
  • Rural crime: Determining the extent of SAPS duties.
  • Illegal foreigners in your employment.

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Small changes, big rewards in modern sunflower production

Estimated reading time: 7 minutes Sunflower is one of the major row crops cultivated in South Africa. Modern sunflower production requires a good balance...

Taxonomy and life cycles matter when managing Sclerotinia sclerotiorum diseases

Estimated reading time: 6 minutes Diagnosing soya bean stem rot and sunflower head rot, caused by Sclerotinia sclerotiorum, is relatively simple due to characteristic...

Efficiency of soya bean meal replacement by rapeseed meal and/or canola...

Estimated reading time: 7 minutes Researchers have been invested in finding solutions for poultry feeding which support high layer performance at lower feeding costs....

Why and how do we dry grain?

Estimated reading time: 7 minutes When grain is harvested it is in the best condition it will ever be. From harvesting onwards, it can...

#kykweervrydag Plaas TV 22 – 26 Mei 2023

Hierdie week het Plaas TV weereens vir interessante kykstof gesorg en vandag is #kykweervrydag. Hier is ’n opsomming van dié week se episodes: Alwyn Kraamwinkel van SAMPRO...

Applications for funding for oilseed research now open

Estimated reading time: 3 minutes The Oil and Protein Seeds Development Trust (OPDT) was registered on 18 September 1997. The trust’s main objective to...

Effect of seed-applied technologies on groundnut production

Estimated reading time: 7 minutes Seed-applied technologies represent a revolution in farming. Rhizobium inoculants are used on legumes such as groundnuts and soya beans...

Impact of harmful Palmer amaranth on maize, cotton, soya bean and...

Estimated reading time: 7 minutes Since Palmer amaranth was first discovered in the Douglas district in the Northern Cape early in 2018, the SAHRI...

Determining animal feed demand in the grain and oilseeds markets

Estimated reading time: 8 minutes One of the major role-players within the demand spectrum of the grain and oilseeds markets, is the animal feed...

Maintaining water quality for agricultural use

South Africa is considered a water-scarce country. The ever-increasing demand for water, combined with dry and unfavourable climate conditions, exert pressure on available water...

Processing full-fat soya beans for animal consumption

Soya beans, with their high protein (38 to 42%) and rich oil (18 to 22%) content, have the potential to substantially benefit the feed...

Fall armyworm: How a climate model can help

The fall armyworm (Spodoptera frugiperda), which originates from South America, is an invasive alien insect known for causing devastation in many a cropland. This tropical or subtropical...

Market segmentation of edible vegetable oils

There are many types of vegetable oils suitable for human consumption. These oils are usually called edible oils and can be divided into two...

Application of CRISPR technology in agriculture

The new gene editing technology known as CRISPR (pronounced ‘crisper’ and short for clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats) has been making headlines in...

Factors influencing seed set and grain fill in sunflower

Poor seed set and grain fill are two components in sunflower cultivation that can be problematic from time to time. This article focuses briefly on a...