SA Grain April 2019

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International sorghum conference: so many opportunities

2023’s international sorghum conference, themed ‘Resiliency and Sustainability in the Face of Climate Change’, kicked off on the 5th of June in Montpellier, France. More than 400 members of the global sorghum community from 40 countries around the world gathered with sorghum as the main point of discussion. Delegates from 150 different companies ranging from […]

Record-breaking canola harvest expected

Southern Oil (SOILL) is expecting a record-breaking canola harvest in South Africa, with an anticipated total yield of over 220 000* tons of canola seeds, the company announced in a statement this week. The harvest, which began in October and is expected to conclude in November, is already showing notable progress. This year’s yield is […]

New opportunities as SA celebrates first soybean export to China

South Africa has achieved a significant milestone in its agricultural history with the successful export of its first bulk soybean cargo to China. The shipment, which departed from the Durban port on 15 October 2023, marks a pivotal moment for the country’s emerging soybean industry. This achievement comes just over a year after the Minister […]

New CEO brings wealth of expertise to the Grain SA table

The Grain SA Group of Entities, the voluntary industry organisation that provides commodity strategic support and services to the grain and oilseed producers of South Africa, has announced the appointment of Dr Tobias Doyer as its new chief executive officer (CEO), effective 8 January 2024. Recognised as an accomplished and forward-thinking leader, Dr Doyer brings […]

Yields to boast about

Compared to the average yields for the various grain crops produced in the summer rainfall areas of the country, the yields realised by the producers participating in the Grow for Gold yield competition are quite phenomenal. One often hears that high-yield competitions serve no purpose. However, listening to producers who took part in the 2023 […]

Insetkoste steeds ’n klip in die skoen vir produsente

Met beplanning agter die rug en planters in die grond, het die 2023/2024-produksieseisoen in alle erns afgeskop. In hierdie seisoen is die ligpunt dat kunsmispryse vanaf Oktober 2022 teen ’n sterk afwaartse tendens verhandel het. Tog bly die prys van saad, chemie, brandstof en herstelwerk ’n klip in die skoen vir produsente. Met hierdie faktore […]

Kan voëlgriep graanmarkte affekteer?

13/10/2023 In die graan- en oliesaadmarkte is veevoer een van die grootste rolspelers binne die vraagspektrum. Dit is dus belangrik dat die graanmarkte voortdurend nou met die veevoermark saamwerk. Sojaboonoliekoek en veral geel­mielies word grotendeels gebruik as veevoer – veral vir braaikui­kens en lêhenne. Die onlangse uitbre­king van die nuwe stam van voëlgriep (H7N6) het […]

Seed technology aims for higher quality at lower cost

Availability of high-quality seed at affordable prices is key to improved maize productivity of smallholder farmers in South Africa. Given the vast role that maize plays in human diets in South Africa, tremendous effort has been made in promoting the adoption of improved seeds by smallholder farmers. South Africa’s seed industry is more advanced than […]

Fusarium-aarskroei: Beter beheer deur oesreste te verminder

Deel 2 Fusarium-aarskroei is ’n moeilike siekte om te bestuur, omdat die patogeen, Fusarium graminearum, ’n wye reeks gewasse kan infekteer, insluitend koring, gars, mielies en sojabone – wat algemeen in wisselbou op dieselfde lande geproduseer word – asook grasonkruide. Verder dien gewasreste (stoppels) van die vorige seisoen as bron van nuwe infeksies en boonop […]

Testing cover crop mixtures as pastures

The use of cover crops as part of a conservation agriculture (CA) approach holds numerous benefits to a production system and may provide unique opportunities for grazing livestock. With only four to five suitable months for producing cash crops such as canola, barley or wheat, producers are reluctant to use winter cover crops as temporary […]