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Young and Old Working together

Young and Old Working together

Aug 18, 2021 by Elise-Marie Steenkamp

We spoke to four youngsters who have found an accidental home in agriculture: Tristan Dorfl ing (28) from Durbanville, Anika Kock (24) from Belville, Mthokozisi Sishuba (29) from the Eastern Cape, and Chad van Wyk (27) from Cape Town. Mtho has been appointed as an intern at Provar, while Tristan, Anika and Chad are horticulture students all studying towards their master’s degree at Stellenbosch University (SU). All four are currently working on an industry-funded project about fruit-type adaptability and evaluation under the watchful, experienced eye of Dr Iwan Labuschagne from Provar and Dr Esmé Louw from the Department of Horticultural Science, SU. Read More
YOUNG AND OLD NEED TO WORK TOGETHER

YOUNG AND OLD NEED TO WORK TOGETHER

Apr 30, 2021 by Elise-Marie Steenkamp

More and more young people, many of whom have no farming experience, are drawn to the agriculture sector. With youth month around the corner, we spoke to four youngsters that have found an accidental home in agriculture. Read More

License to do research

License to do research

Apr 30, 2021 by Elise-Marie Steenkamp

In March this year, Hortgro and Provar, launched “Fruit tasting in the orchard” exhibitions in Ceres and Grabouw to give producers a chance to taste and experience new cultivars that are currently being evaluated by Provar. Read More

Culteva™ platform allows fruit evaluators and breeders ease of data collection & report-creation

Culteva™ platform allows fruit evaluators and breeders ease of data collection & report-creation

Apr 20, 2021 by Carolize Jansen

Provar, South Africa's independent new variety evaluation company, developed an inhouse evaluation data collection and reporting platform, called Culteva, for their own use. It has proven to be successful and has been adopted by a number of local and international clients, the company says. Read More

Independent cultivar evaluation gives growers peace of mind

Independent cultivar evaluation gives growers peace of mind

Dec 22, 2020 by Carolize Jansen

Over the eight years between 2011 to 2019, more than 830 peach varieties were imported into South Africa, with apples not far behind at 782 new varieties (right: Provar evaluation of new peach varieties). Read More

Die Gevaar En Gewin Van Nuwe Kultivars

Die Gevaar En Gewin Van Nuwe Kultivars

Dec 7, 2020 by Anna Mouton

“Ek het in die twintig jaar wat ek boer al amper 150 hektaar vrugte geplant,” vertel Hendrik Pohl, ZZ2 se produksiebestuurder op Bokveldskloof, Ceres. “My pa het bykans niks geplant nie, want hy’t geboer met die bome wat die vorige generasie geplant het. Maar nou leef ons in ’n tyd waar, hier’s boorde wat ek geplant het wat ek al uitgetrek het en weer geplant het.” Read More

Verrassings in landbou selde ’n goeie ding

Verrassings in landbou selde ’n goeie ding

Oct 14, 2020 by Anna Mouton

Pruimprodusente is die afgelope seisoen onkant gevang deur die wisselvallige klimaat. Twee hittegolwe in die lente tesame met kwaai wind gedurende vroeë vrugontwikkeling het tot teleurstellende volumes uitvoerpruime bygedra. Read More

5 Factors Affecting Fruit Set

5 Factors Affecting Fruit Set

Aug 25, 2020 by Anna Mouton

Japanese plums require cross-pollination. The cross-pollinator and the main cultivar must have overlapping flowering periods. Keep in mind that the flowering period can shift depending on winter and spring temperatures. Cultivars with a high chill requirement are more prone to shifting after a warm winter than cultivars with a low chill requirement. Combine cultivars with similar chill requirements for the best results. Read More

Hoe kies mens 'n kampioen

Hoe kies mens 'n kampioen

Jul 1, 2020 by Anna Mouton

Die Pro-Hort program word deur onafhanklike evaluasie-maatskappy Provar bestuur en deur Hortgro befonds. Die eerste bome is in 2018 in Ashton en Montagu geplant. Daar is tot op hede meer as 2 000 bome op Pro-Hort persele gevestig met nog ongeveer 700 wat die komende seisoen aangeplant word. Read More

VERRASSINGS IN LANDBOU SELDE ‘N GOEIE DING

VERRASSINGS IN LANDBOU SELDE ‘N GOEIE DING

May 29, 2020 by Anna Mouton

Pruimprodusente is die afgelope seisoen onkant gevang deur die wisselvallige klimaat. Twee hittegolwe in die lente tesame met kwaai wind gedurende vroeë vrugontwikkeling het tot teleurstellende volumes uitvoerpruime bygedra. Ongeveer vyftien persent minder kartonne het die land verlaat as wat, gegewe die produksie-potensiaal, verwag is. Read More

Die Reis Van ‘n Nuwe Kultivar

Die Reis Van ‘n Nuwe Kultivar

Apr 30, 2020 by Elise-Marie Steenkamp

Hortgro begin ‘n nuwe reeks oor kultivarsoorte, die belangrikheid van evaluering en alles wat produsente behoort te weet, voordat hulle koop en plant. In die eerste artikel praat ons met Carl Hörstmann, plantnavorser by Provar en wou by hom weet, hoe dit gebeur dat nuwe kultivars ontwikkel word? Read More