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From Sea to Soil: Kelp Fertiliser in South African Farming

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With global concerns over the environmental impact of chemical fertilisers mounting, farmers and researchers are turning towards alternative solutions rooted in nature. One such solution gaining traction is kelp, a marine plant with a long history of use in various cultures around the world. Kelp fertiliser shows promise and potential in South Africa and around the world. The cons of chemical …

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8 benefits of using triacontanol on plants

Shea KarssingBlog

In agriculture, where every gram of yield matters, farmers are constantly on the lookout for innovative solutions to enhance productivity and crop quality. One such solution that has garnered attention in recent years is triacontanol, a natural plant growth regulator. Here’s how to use triacontanol on plants and the benefits of doing so. What is triacontanol? Triacontanol, a long-chain fatty alcohol, …

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The Power of Moringa Leaves as a Natural Pesticide Alternative


Diseases and pests are among the major constraints to agricultural production worldwide. These problems have been further exacerbated by mono-cropping production systems in response to the increased food demands of an ever-expanding population. As a result, most commercial farmers have resorted to excessive chemical use to manage diseases and pests. The indiscriminate use of synthetic pesticides not only poses risks …

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A Sweet Surprise: Fermented Molasses in Farming


It’s responsible for giving brown sugar its flavour and colour; it adds aroma, colour, and wonderful chew to cookie batters and provides thickness to baked beans, marinades and sauces. You may be aware that molasses has many uses in the culinary world, but did you know that fermented molasses has myriad benefits in farming for both crops and soil health? …

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Everything you need to know about foliar feeding 

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An article by agronomic consultant Jim Pingrey printed in the July 2023 issue of the Acres U.S.A. magazine proposes that “soil health is essential for a resilient plant, but we can also ramp up plant resilience and aid in building soil health by applying timely foliar sprays”. In recent times, foliar feeding has become accepted as an essential aspect of …

The 7 micronutrients needed for plant growth in South Africa

The 7 micronutrients needed for plant growth in South Africa 

Shea KarssingBlog

As a grower or farmer, you may constantly be dosing your system with extra nutrients in the hopes that your plants will thrive. But each nutrient has a specific role to play, and you need to understand how the seven micronutrients work to optimise crop production, promote sustainable agriculture, and achieve economic benefits. What are micronutrients? Nutrients can be macronutrients …

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3 Must-Watch Soil Health Documentaries on Netflix

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These three awe-inspiring soil health documentaries on Netflix showcase the current state of our planet, but also provide us with the simple solutions we need to change our future.  1. Kiss the Ground Produced in 2020, this full-length documentary speaks about the healing power of soil. It argues that the soil’s capacity to sequester carbon could be the key to …

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The Magnitude of Manganese Deficiency Caused by Glyphosate

Justin PlattBlog, Foliar Nutrition

Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Roundup®. This product enjoys widespread usage on core food crops. Genetically engineered corn, soy, canola, cotton, alfalfa and other crops are  “Roundup®-Ready”, which means that they aren’t killed by the herbicide. It doesn’t, however, mean that they are completely safe, nor completely healthy.  Let’s first talk about the effect of glyphosate on plants.  Experiments …

How to Fix Potassium Deficiency in Soil

How to Fix Potassium Deficiency in Plants and Soil

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Modern industrial agriculture heavily depletes soil nutrient resources, including potassium (K). This declining soil fertility is the main cause of year-to-year variability of harvested yields. If we are to farm sustainably and produce food for future generations, we need to improve potassium management and potassium availability in soil. So, how do you fix potassium deficiency in plants and soil? In …