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Perfect invader – a real and imminent threat to mac orchards

Perfect invader – a real and imminent threat to mac orchards

Pictured Above: In pear orchards in the Western Cape, Matthew Addison is leading research into the shot hole borer. Scientists warn that the deadly polyphagous shot hole borer beetle has the potential to decimate the country’s indigenous and agriculture tree...

Letter From The Editor: Summer Edition 2024

Letter From The Editor: Summer Edition 2024

Thousands of farmers from Delhi to Paris and Athens have taken their tractors and in some instances their livestock, to the streets in protest. They say bureaucracy and overbearing government regulations, particularly linked to climate change, are putting them out of...

Aussie mac tree management under trial in southern KZN orchard

Aussie mac tree management under trial in southern KZN orchard

Pictured Above: In this orchard of 788s one line was selected as a trial. Every second tree was cut back post-harvest. Some trees will be left as 788s to rejuvenate them, to see how long they will take to come back into production. The remainder of the 788s that were...

HOW TO REDUCE ELECTRICAL USAGE AND COMBAT RISING OPERATING COSTS

HOW TO REDUCE ELECTRICAL USAGE AND COMBAT RISING OPERATING COSTS

Founder and director at DryMac, Adrian Padt spells out the impact of soaring energy costs on the macadamia sector while at the same time offers some practical solutions for farmers to cut down on their energy bills. Following articles in previous editions of The...

HOW TO SAVE MONEY TO MITIGATE THE ESKOM PRICE HIKES IN SIX STEPS

HOW TO SAVE MONEY TO MITIGATE THE ESKOM PRICE HIKES IN SIX STEPS

1: OPTIMISE sizes of your electrical and mechanical equipment First and foremost, this has a direct impact on line charges.  It is also of utmost importance that all electrical and mechanical machinery, as well as fans, need to be accurately specified. I often walk...

Outyielding the downturn

Outyielding the downturn

Experts are urging macadamia farmers to bring their orchards up to standard in expectation of better times to come, to look beyond the prevailing conditions, and to use the current downturn in the sector as an opportunity to secure future stability. In a panel...

Prepare for a hotter summer, mac farmers warned

Prepare for a hotter summer, mac farmers warned

Pictured Above: An irrigation strategy that takes the weather forecast into account should be developed to guard against tree stress during hotter days. Experts agree that while El Niño is expected to make landfall in South Africa mid-summer, if macadamia farmers...

The time to plant is now, says Tzaneen mac pioneer

The time to plant is now, says Tzaneen mac pioneer

Pictured Above: Howard Blight, second generation farmer and owner of Amorentia Estate & Nursery, urges farmers to plant young trees in preparation for the market upswing he believes is on its way. While the world’s macadamia industry has suffered as a direct...

Embracing Innovation: Staying Ahead of the Curve in Agriculture

Embracing Innovation: Staying Ahead of the Curve in Agriculture

Pictured Above: Desire Lesele, Nedbank Agriculture states the importance of moving forward with technology to ensure your business thrives In today's rapidly evolving business landscape, one thing remains constant: the importance of staying ahead of the curve,...

Nelspruit mac farmer scores on sound kernel recovery

Nelspruit mac farmer scores on sound kernel recovery

Pictured above: Cover crops are not planted in the Neethling orchards, but natural grasses are prolific and quick to grow back after being cut. Moisture is retained in the soil and the tree roots remain cool as a result. Mpumalanga citrus and macadamia farmer...

Prepare for a hotter summer, mac farmers warned

Prepare for a hotter summer, mac farmers warned

Experts agree that while El Niño is expected to make landfall in South Africa mid-summer, if macadamia farmers prepare now, they could mitigate the impact of the drier weather in their orchards. The last time South Africa experienced an El Niño, macadamia yields...

R200bn agriculture debt well balanced against asset value

R200bn agriculture debt well balanced against asset value

While South Africa’s national agriculture debt is now pegged at R200 billion – a 6% increase since 2019 – economists say it is too soon to panic as the number is well balanced against the value generated from the country’s agricultural assets. At the same time,...

From the Editor – The Macadamia Spring 2023

From the Editor – The Macadamia Spring 2023

The Macadamia would like to take this opportunity to congratulate South Africa’s macadamia industry body, SAMAC, on successfully hosting the International Macadamia Symposium in September in KwaZulu-Natal. The event was headlined by macadamia experts from all over the...

Spraying no longer a backbreaking task

Spraying no longer a backbreaking task

Technology has transformed the tedious task of manually spraying herbicides to a walk in the park with the use of atomised sprayers that release exact doses that no longer require dilution with water. Rather than a heavy backpack containing 10 or 20 litres of water,...

Technology and the macadamia industry

Technology and the macadamia industry

Pictured Above: New genetics, such as the new  and improved macadamia variety, MCT-1, drastically improves the performance and productivity of crops. (Photo courtesy of ANFIC Ltd) Macadamia is currently the fastest growing tree crop in South Africa. However, compared...

Wetter conditions lure beetles to macs

Wetter conditions lure beetles to macs

Pictured above: Coleoptera Nitidulidae Some macadamia processors are counting the cost of increasing incidences of sap beetle or dried fruit beetle Carpophilus spp. (Coleoptera: Nitidulidae) on nuts coming into their plants.   While little research exists on the...

Water use licencing changes will limit empowerment – AgriSA

Water use licencing changes will limit empowerment – AgriSA

South Africa’s commercial agriculture representative body Agri SA has submitted comprehensive comments on the government’s proposed water use licence regulations, saying aspects of the draft regulations are unconstitutional and contradict existing law. Earlier this...

US farming sensation visits SA mac producer

US farming sensation visits SA mac producer

Pictured Above: Hearne showed Miller how macadamias are sorted at Danroc before being sent to the processor. United States agriculture advocate Michelle Miller, aka The Farm Babe, labelled South Africa’s macadamia farmers as “cool” and was impressed with our  “boer...

Rental solution for material handling needs

Rental solution for material handling needs

In the dynamic capital equipment rentals and materials handling industry, new entrant Smith Power Equipment has emerged as a prominent player with its exciting offerings of top-quality machinery and services at more affordable rates. National rental fleet manager for...

Biological pest control a match for stinkbugs

Biological pest control a match for stinkbugs

The macadamia industry is plagued by numerous insects and mites, with one of the biggest pest problems for farmers being the notorious stinkbug. Infestation of the bugs results in young nuts dropping off the trees and older nuts developing lesions, which can add up to...