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A Sweet Surprise: Fermented Molasses in Farming

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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

Justin PlattBlog, Climate Change, Kiss The Ground

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 …

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How to Fix Potassium Deficiency in Soil

Justin PlattBlog, Soil Health

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 soil? In this blog …

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The Ultimate Guide to Growing in your Garden: Part 4

Justin PlattBlog, Organic vs Conventional

By this time, your organic home garden is well on its way to filling your fridge with nutritious, healthy produce. But, what about the other critters and creatures that also want in? In this article, we’ll focus on the best methods of organic pest control for South African gardens.  If you missed the previous Parts, we suggest catching up now:  …

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The Ultimate Guide to Growing in your Garden: Part 3

Justin PlattBlog, Food Production, Organic Farming, Regenerative Agriculture

You’ve chosen a spot, prepped your soil, and now it’s time for the exciting part – deciding what to plant!  If you missed Part 1 and Part 2, we suggest reading them now before moving on to Part 3:  Read Part 1: Choosing the right location  Read Part 2: Prepping the soil  With the chilly weather fully upon us, we’ll …