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Agri-Merensky-leerders luister na die goeie raad van mnr. Joubert Fourie van Limpopo Melkery. ONDER LINKS: PRAKTIESE ERVARING - Voor: Wiann Meades, AJ Bruwer, Johan du Toit, Bercha Venter en Juvan van der Merwe. Agter: Hardus van Staden, Gerhardus Fourie en Dominique Blandin de Chalain. ONDER REGS: DIE KUILVOERSPAN - Crystal Kirstein, AJ Bruwer, Dominique Blandin de Chalain, Jané Geyer, Joha du Toit, Juvan van der Merwe, Bercha Venter, Gerhardus Fourie, Hardus van Staden en Wiann Meades.

Vroeg begin is half gewin. Daarom dat 10 Agri-Merensky-leerders op Donderdag, 15 Maart, ‘n verdere kuilvoerkursus by Limpopo Melkery deurloop het. Alhoewel die ALFA Expo en jeugskou

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eers in September by die Afridome in Parys plaasvind, is Agri-Merensky reeds besig met intensiewe voorbereiding. Die Plasies het groot waardering vir mnr. Joubert Fourie van Limpopo Melkery vir sy kundige raad en daad.

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Wenkem, still in good hands Richard Schulze recently relocated from the Mpumalanga Highveld to tainable solutions”. AgriBulletin and Richard Schulze would like to Tzaneen with his wife and three small children, as the new owner of wish Cor Greyling a successful career abroad. Wenkem Tzaneen/Letsitele. Richard has been in the Agrochemical industry since 2004. With hands on experience farming maE-mail richard.s@wenkem.co.za cadamia nuts, cattle and crops under irrigation and Reg № 1988/003854/07 (EDMS) BPK. (PTY) LTD six years’ experience with Wenkem SA plus six years commercial management with BASF and Arysta Vir `n volledige reeks: Lifescience, it is believed that Wenkem Tzaneen’s clients are still in good hands. • Mikro-element blaarvoeding Thanking every single client for the continued • Na-oesbederfmiddels support through this transition, Richard Schulze, • Plaagdoders reassures us that it is business as usual at Wenkem • Swamdoders SA. From the employees through to the products • Citrosol Wakse and excellent service, Wenkem SA remains the same

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Hoe lyk die avokadoboord van die toekoms?

As die appelbedryf met behulp van genetika, dwergonderstamme en hoë digtheidsbeplanting hul tonnemaat radikaal kon vermeerder, waar sou avokado-opbrengs kon kom met dieselfde benadering? Dit is die vraag waarmee Allesbeste Boerdery en die Allesbeste Kwekery hulself bemoei. Met die hoogs produktiewe Malumakultivar, wat ‘n geneigheid tot druipende wilgerlatte het, het hulle ‘n paar jaar gelede begin met ‘n opleistelsel. Hul ideaal is ‘n klein boompie wat meer vrugte dra, van jongs af, en mooi versprei van onder na bo. Kortom, hulle wil die kubiese produksiekapasiteit van die boom optimaliseer, dit wil sê, die kilogram avokado’s wat per m3 boom gedra word of die doeltreffende opbrengs (efficient yield).

Om dit te doen kyk hulle na drie hoofaspekte, naamlik eerstens ultra-hoë digtheidsaanplantings – tot so dig as 4m x 2m (1,250 bome/ha) – en hul somme wys dat die hoër insetkoste van sulke beplantings geregverdig kan word deur die verbeterde opbrengs per hektaar. By die simposium is noukeurig verduidelik hoe die somme klop met hoë digtheidsbeplantings, veral wanneer dwergonderstamme gebruik word. Die tweede aspek is genetika. By die Allesbeste kwekery, een van slegs twee kwekerye ter wêreld (die ander een is in Nieu-Seeland) om avokadobome deur middel van die mikroklonale metode te propageer, het hul onderstamproewe aan hulle gewys dat die Bounty-onderstam, van die tans algemeen-gebruikte onderstamme, verantwoordelik is vir die grootste kubiese produksiekapasiteit saam met Maluma. In ‘n ander onderstamproef het hulle tien van hul eie onderstamkeuses vergelyk met ‘n aantal ander plaaslike en internasionale onderstamme, om te identifiseer watter onderstamme die grootste verdwergingsmoontlikheid toon. Daar is ‘n aantal onderstamme wat baie belowend lyk. ‘n Verdere proef met 60 onderstamme gaan onderneem word. Derdens is daar hoë digtheid-blokke wat opgelei word op hoofsaaklik twee metodes, hetsy die vertikale stelsel of die V-vormige Tatura-metode, wat twee hooflote diagonaal op- en uitwaarts lei. Hulle het in 2015 hiermee begin en hul resultate wys dat die opbrengs van beide opleistelsels hoër is as ‘n konvensionele boord, en dié van die Taturastelsel

die hoogste, omdat die produksie-area verhoog word. Die Taturastelsel is dubbel so duur om te installeer as gevolg van die koste van draad, maar die diagonale lyne het die voordeel dat die vrugte deur blare geskut word en sodoende sonbrand beperk. Die simposium is ‘n geleentheid waar

Allesbeste kosteloos en breedvoerig hul ervarings en insigte deel. Alle voorleggings van die simposium is beskikbaar as PowerPoint-lêers asook as YouTubevideo’s op die Maluma blog: en http:// blog.maluma.co.za/presentations-2/ en http://blog.maluma.co.za/maluma-symposium-2018-youtube/.


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SA Citrus Export 2018 Estimate Navels The estimated navel export volume returns to normal from last year’s disastrous 21.1 million cartons with 25.58 million cartons expected in 2018. This is still two percent down on 2016’s volumes. It expected that future growth in this commodity will come from late maturing varieties with early maturing orchards being taken out. Senwes is the biggest exporting region showing five percent growth to 6.5 million cartons attributed to less hail damage this year. They had 100mm to 150mm less rain than last year so fruit is one size smaller and good internals are expected. Timing will be the same as last year. Sunday’s River Valley’s navel export crop recovers to 6 million cartons but fruit sizes may dull their export potential. Staying in the Eastern Cape, Patensie are 18% up on in comparison to last year’s poor season. The Western Valencias Grapefruit Navels Lemons Soft Citrus Total Citrus Cape at 6.2 million cartons are 2015 52.7 m 15.7 m 24.5 m 15.1 m 10.0 m 117.9 m seventeen percent up on last 2016 42.1 m 13.8 m 26.2 m 15.1 m 12.2 m 109.4 m year, but dry conditions have tempered their recovery. 2017 54.0 m 15.6 m 21.1 m 19.0 m 13.4 m 123.0 m Lemons 2018* 53.9 m 16.8 m 25.6 m 20.6 m 14.7 m 131.7 m Lemon exports approach the 21 million cartons mark as new orchards come into production. The 20.6 million cartons estimate is eight percent up on Grapefruit A good crop is expected, with exports from Southern last year’s final volume. Sunday’s River Valley expect to Africa estimated at 14.8 million cartons (17 kilogram increase four percent on last year to 8.5 million cartons. equivalents), eight percent up on last year’s 13.7 mil- Second largest lemon producing region, Senwes conlion cartons. Pigmented varieties account for the bulk tinue their strong growth to 4.5 million cartons. Sizing of the export with an expected 14.8 million carton crop; is expected to be slightly smaller than last year, averageight percent up on last year. White grapefruit volumes ing 113/138. Likewise, Hoedspruit grows nine percent are up two percent to 1.7 million cartons. For the big- to 1.45 million cartons. Letsitele and Limpopo River ger producing regions, Letsitele expects a medium to regions experienced some fruit drop due to Endoxeroheavy crop, fourteen percent up on last year’s to 4.3 million cartons, and normal fruit sizes. Hoedspruit expect a seven percent increase over last year to 3.8 million cartons, recovering from their 2.4 million cartons drought and hail induced disaster in 2016. Limpopo River expect the same volume as last year with fruit size improving with late rains. Swaziland start select picking midMarch whilst Zimbabwe start in week 14, which is normal. Valencia Overall exports from the Southern African regions at 53.93 million cartons (15 kilogram equivalents) are almost unchanged from last year’s 53.95 million cartons. Letsitele, which accounts for almost a third of the volume attributed their region’s eight percent anticipated growth to 15.2 million cartons to very good growing conditions and recovery from the drought. Typically, a medium-heavy crop in the past has resulted in medium-small fruit. The second largest player, Sunday’s River Valley sees a recovery to seven million cartons in 2018 approaching 2015 levels after two years in the six million cartons range. Senwes’ production volume is the same at six million cartons, but quality is better. Nelspruit experienced hail damage and although they have normal sized production they expect thirty four percent less exportable fruit to be packed this year. Western Cape volumes are seven percent down on last year due to dry conditions whilst sizes are uncertain due to weather conditions. Patensie also expect a drop in volume due to a poor fruit set. Northern neighbours Swaziland expect a good crop with fruit on the small side, whilst Zimbabwe anticipate ten percent growth and very good internal quality due to hot, dry conditions but adequate irrigation. Their sizes will peak on 72 due to young trees yielding bigger fruit. On 14 March, the Citrus Marketing Forum (CMF) of Southern Africa met in Johannesburg to consider the growers’ estimate for expected Southern African citrus exports. It is expected that a total of 131.7 million cartons (15kg) of citrus will be packed and passed for export from citrus producers in South Africa, Zimbabwe and Swaziland in 2018; a 7.1 percent increase on last year’s export crop. General trends to be expected across most varieties for the season include good internal quality, normal sizing and good external appearance due to the warm and dry climatic conditions experienced during the summer months. The table below summarizes the Southern African citrus estimate in 15 kg carton equivalents with exports from the previous two years:

sis but volumes are not down on last year. The Boland region in Western Cape expect the same 1.25 million cartons with the drought effect being offset by new orchards coming on stream. Soft Citrus As in the case of lemons, soft citrus’ upward trajectory continues. Overall growth of ten percent to 14.75 million cartons is expected. Growth is driven by the late mandarin types, increasing nineteen percent to 6.6 million cartons, whilst Satsumas (7%), Clementines (4%) and Novas (3%) show more modest gains. The Boland region expect a similar 3.3 million cartons to last year with the growth from new orchards coming on stream countered by the drought effects. Western Cape (2.6 million cartons) mandarins are around thirteen percent up with a good crop except for Morr and Orr which are down. Nelspruit (2.2 million cartons) experienced a lot of hail damage which hampered their growth. They anticipate one size smaller on all counts. Letsitele late mandarins show a big growth in volume and smaller fruit, which is good. The Eastern Cape Midlands (1.1 million cartons) expect good season with good sizes and excellent quality. Sunday’s River Valley (1.6 million cartons) show a general increase of thirteen percent with young trees coming into production. Their counts are one size smaller than 2017. Patensie (2.6 million cartons and 24% growth) have new trees that are coming into production with Novas, late mandarins and even satsuma hectares on the increase. Overall, the soft citrus outlook is that of growth in volumes due to new plantings coming into production, being tempered somewhat with drought in key growing areas and packing generally expected to be a bit later across cultivars.


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Maluma steeds koningsvrug Die 2018 Maluma Dag vieringe het Woensdag op die terrein van Hoërskool Merensky afgeskop. Hierdie jaarlikse bymekaarkoms, is ‘n saamtrek van avo-produsente en rolspelers uit

die kommersiële landbousektor. Hierdie is die agste jaar wat dié populêre dag aangebied is deur Dr Andre Ernst en sy seuns Edrean en Zander van Allesbeste boerdery. Woensdagoggend het met toesprake deur internasionale gasprekers afgeskop, waarna Dr Ernst self ook oor die suksesse van die Maluma gepraat het. Dit het gepaard gegaan met referate en boordbesoeke in die omgewing wat klem gelê het op die betekenisvolle bydrae wat dié kultivar op die wêreldmark het. Die dag is uitstekend goed beplan met uitstallers wat hul goedere aan die publiek kon bekend stel en selfs ‘n sweepslag vertoning deur die Merensky sweepslag-span. Elke geregistreerde gas het ook ‘n geskenksakkie ontvang. Daar sal ‘n meer indiepte verslag oor vanjaar se Maluma Dag, in die Maart uitJuanita Bahl en Sarie Espach van Amorentia gawe van AgriBulletin wees.

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the measure that is most closely related to income. Yield first grade kernel (kg) = Yield NIS (kg) x sound kernel recovery (SKR %) x first grade (%). A variety may have a high yield Maart 2018 per tree, but if trees have a low spacing and are excessively large they may still perform poorly when assessed on a per hectare basis. Equally, small trees planted on a wide spacing will also not achieve acceptable yields per hectare. Yield first grade kernel per hectare (kg) = first grade kernel per tree x trees hectare = firstrelated gradetokernel perand tree small size trees suitable for (kg) medium to per kernel qualities flavour high planting densities improve appearance. therewidth are some (kg) to x 10 000 /total between row widthAlthough, / within row where returns per ha. debates at the moment as to whether trees will fit at nominated trees/ha.

Selecting SELECTING commercial Mac varieties Selecting macadamia varieties to plant in commercial orchards is a complicated and subjective challenge for growers and nurseries as performance varies from region to region and there is no perfect variety for all climatic and management conditions, says Managing Director of Red Sun Hortitech, Mark Hassenkamp. Having dedicated clonal mother blocks for propagation of all commercial South African macadamia varieties, RedSun is approved by CitroGold to propagate and distribute Australian Hidden Valley macadamia varieties to Southern African growers. Experts at the company suggest factors such as yield benchmarks, climate, management capacity, equipment, and most importantly, yield, income, cost and profit per hectare must be considered as decision making drivers. Think in terms of First Grade kernel per hectare Many comparisons between varieties report yield of nut in shell (NIS) per tree, but this is in general a poor measure of tree performance, they say. Growers are effectively paid for first grade kernel free of rejects. Yield of first grade kernel is the measure that is most closely related to income. Yield first grade kernel (kg) = Yield NIS (kg) x sound kernel recovery (SKR %) x first grade (%). A variety may have a high yield per tree, but if trees have a low spacing and are excessively large they may still perform poorly when assessed on a per hectare basis. Equally, small trees planted on a wide spacing will also not achieve acceptable yields per hectare. Yield first grade kernel per hectare (kg) = first grade kernel per tree (kg) x trees per hectare = first grade kernel per tree(kg) x 10 000 / between row width / within row width where trees will fit at nominated trees/ha. Decide on planting density

VARIETIES

The first question should be what tree density is intended for the orchard and that is informed by climate and variety. There is an almost unlimited range to choose from, for example: - Low density – 10 m x 5 m (200 tree/ha) - Medium density – 8 mx4m (312 tree/ha) - Medium-high density – 7 m x 3 m (476 tree/ha) - High density – 5 m x 2 m (1 000 tree/ha) Most new orchards are planted at medium densities (312 @ 8x4).

For Commercial Macadamia Orchards

Importance of various traits small or large kernels are more desirable. To a degree the importance placed on “Processors prefer large kernels, because DECIDEdecision ON PLANTING DENSITY various traits is a subjective and they are less costly to handle, simply bewill also depend on the mix of climate cause aretree less density of them is forintended any giThe first question should bethere what and varieties under consideration. Some ven weight”. Others may prefer small thestress orchard and that is informed by climate and variety. varieties are morefor heat suscepkernels for confectionary chocolate tible. For example, another Australian coating for example. selection, A4 is a very able unlimited “If a grower Thereprecocious is an almost rangechooses this option, they to produce commercial yields in three must guarantee the variety has a larger to choose from, for example: years. It has a medium percentage of whole kernels, rather than - Low density – 10 m small x 5 mhalves (200 tree/ha) spreading tree shape which are more expensive with an opendensity willowy– 8for sort,” Hassenkamp says. - Medium m processors x 4m (312totree/ha) canopy susceptible have also gained - Medium-high densityPollen – 7 mcompatibilities x 3 m (476 tree/ha) to wind damage. It prominence in recent years. However, - High density – 5 m xthere 2 m is(1still 000more tree/ha) has excellent quality work to be done beand size kernel with a fore its importance can be exactly determidseason drop. It aremined. Most newnut orchards planted at medium densities is however more susDesign and plant the orchard ac(312 @ 8x4). ceptible to stress from cording to polleniser compatibility high temperatures Select at least three varieties to reduce but the risk of ng, varieties notcompact performing up It isperforms unlikelywell thatina semi-dwarfi small, upright milder regions, A4 to expectations. It creates the potentree like A16 will fill the orchard at low densities, leaving a needs extra fertilizer tial to maximise pollination. It extends area of for theitsorchard unproductive with periods. lower returns tolarge compensate the flowering and harvest And, early croppingSimilarly, abil- once varieties are selected, the grower per hectare. planting a larger precocious variety ity. In contrast, should thedensities orchard inwould such a mean way such as 695,A16 842,is and 849 design at high a slow growing and to maximise cross pollination – planintensive management tothe keep the orchard combinations under control wind tolerant variety ting most compatible in later years. but a high yielder with close to one another, Hassenkamp says. excellent nut quality “Keep flowering periods in mind as well. It is unlikely that a semi-dwarfing, and would achieve high yields, and re- We recommend solid blocks of a certain small, compact upright tree like A16 will turns per hectare, if the trees are planted variety should be planted.” fill the orchard at low densities, leaving at higher densities. Red Sun currently has two experimena large area of the orchard unproductive Many growers consider it desirable to tal varieties on controlled release namewith lower returns per hectare. Similarly, have all varieties ready for harvest at the ly A203 which has a medium to large unplanting a larger precocious variety such same time, to achieve a short harvest even sized nut with white kernels which as 695, 842, and 849 at high densities window. Other growers prefer to spread drop mid-season. The variety is hardy would mean intensive management to the harvest out to reduce stress risk and may suit more marginal areas and keep the orchard under control in later and minimise the need for large capital A268, a medium to large tree with an years. equipment to handle the harvest. An- open spreading canopy, a mid-season Hidden Valley macadamia varieties other important aspect to consider is to nut drop and very large, good quality which are defined by an A prefix are as- select varieties that are more or less the nuts which have creamy, white kernels. sessed on their ability to produce high same tree size across orchards. It appears to be hardy and may do well first grade kernel yields per hectare. In Hassenkamp says while kernel charac- in cooler regions, however whether or Fibre Technologies general, Hassenkamp says, they were se-Future ters are important, in general, any com- not the tree is frost tolerant has yet to be lected with a preference for medium to mercialised variety will have acceptable determined.

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Agri gereed om ligdag Oornag in tente langs die beeskraal en staan gereed om ligdag; so het klublede van Agri-Merensky hul naweek spandeer vir hul skouspanopleiding verlede naweek. ‘n Totaal van 49 klublede is touwys gemaak in die voorbereiding van skoubeeste deur mnre. Willy Stevens en Pieter Gerber, terwyl mnr. Pieter de Lange die voorbereiding van skoubokke behartig het. Agri-Merensky se Plasie Jeugskou sal op Saterdag, 21 April by Hoërskool Merensky plaasvind.

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Flink buitelandse groei van kultivar Elke jaar vind die Malumasimposium plaas om produsente, bemarkers en alle belangstellendes in die nuwe avokadokultivar in te lig oor wat in die voorafgaande jaar gebeur het met die kultivar – en daar is baie om te vertel. Met Maluma word die kommersieel waardevolle opbrengs gemaksimeer deurdat die vruggrootte piek op tellings 12 tot 22 waarvoor die beste pryse geïn word. Aan die hand van pakstatistieke uit die omgewing, toon Allesbeste Boerdery (eienaars en ontwikkelaars van die Maluma) aan dat net oor ‘n derde van Hass-vrugte binne hierdie spektrum val – en Maluma ‘n allemintige 65%. Dit is dan ook nie verbasend dat al hoe meer Maluma aangeplant en buitelands bemark word nie –oor die afgelope vier jaar het die hoeveelheid Hass-uitvoere elke jaar effe verminder terwyl Maluma

van net oor 20,000 x 4kg kartonne in 2013 na min of meer 32,000 x 4kg kartonne laasjaar gestyg het, 3% van die totale Suid-Afrikaanse avokadomandjie vir die EU. ‘n Ander kenmerk van Maluma, is dié se besondere hittebestandheid wat die oog trek van avokadoprodusente wêreldwyd. Dr André Ernst van Allesbeste Boerdery het ‘n oorsig gegee oor die internasionale kommersialiseringsproses van die Maluma, wat ‘n oop kultivar is. In Australië word die avokado al flink aangeplant in die bloedige warm noorde waar Hass nie aard nie, en Maluma word bemark deur die Colessupermarkgroep in die staat Victoria, waar dit al amper ‘n derde uitmaak van hul avo-verkope. Hulle is so ingenome met die kultivar dat hulle kyk na die moontlikheid om dit vanjaar in New

South Wales ook aan te bied. Peru is tans die vlagskip-land vir die kultivar, met die meeste Malumabome van enige land (laasjaar reeds meer as 350,000 bome). “Peru is perfekte Maluma-wêreld, dit pas die Maluma soos ‘n handskoen,” het Dr Ernst die gehoor vertel. Daniel Arispe, produksiebestuurder van die Peruviaanse maatskappy TALSA – onder andere die grootste bloubessieprodusent in Peru – het die simposium bygewoon om te verduidelik waarom hulle al verby die 150,000 Malumabome aangeplant het in die woestynomstandighede van die La Libertad-streek. Hul reënval is gek – gemiddeld 15mm per jaar, maar aangevul deur van die reinste water op aarde (met ‘n EC van 0.2 tot 0.3) wat kom uit die Andesgebergte. “Compared to Hass in our conditions, Maluma is wonderful,” meen hy. “The

yield is always better than Hass. Fruit set is sometimes a problem in Peru but never with Maluma. We don’t need to use plant growth regulators and we get an earlier harvest. We’ve never had results like these.” Selfs die bye verkies Malumablomme bo dié van ander avokado’s, vertel hy. Voorts is daar belangstelling in Maluma in Israel, waar dit alreeds aangeplant is op 16 plekke, Chile waar dit einde laasjaar kommersieel vrygestel is ná die kwarantynperiode en twee avokadoprodusente nou rieme wil neerlê met Maluma. ‘n Ander nuwe verwikkeling is dat Maluma-plantmateriaal in Kalifornië die kwarantynperiode van twee jaar begin het; Mission Produce, een van die grootste avokadobemarkers ter wêreld, is baie gretig om die kultivar in die VSA gevestig te kry.

Keeping up with safety tech trends “It’s simple. We supply the products and the tools to install them” were Jacques de Beer’s words when summing up the business. Crusader Technologies are supplies of a wide range of CCTV camera’s, alarms systems and tools, ranging from professional tools through to your cheaper DIY tools. Crusader Technologies have recently acquired their Nemtek, electric fencing products, and have other distributorships as well. With all this in mind it is clear that their philosophy goes much deeper than products and tools. Jacques has a passion for innovative technology, staying on trend with all the latest security systems, willing to put many to the test himself, thus believing in each product that they sell. For example, Nemtek offers a large range of electric fencing products, from a small

PetShop kit to an impressive range specifically suited to agriculture, equine and game farming. The battery back-up or solar options, detecting feature to monitor breaks in the fence and a colour specific equine range are only a few of the features which make this product a “pioneer in its field.” Crusader also stocks products and alarms that can be controlled remotely from a mobile device, advanced cameras such as the PTZ and a pepper spray alarm system; and toolkits that are incredible value for money and quality you will not find in a general store. The ‘other half’ of this family-owned and managed business has a passion for excellent service and goes the extra mile when advising on systems that would best suit specific needs, with an after sales service to match. Crusader

Technology strongly believes in offering the full package, with their service agreement packages that offer maintenance on systems and greatly discounted rates for installers. Sally de Beer, who runs the shop, says that for them it goes beyond reaching a target but sleeping well at night knowing their customers are sleeping safely, with peace of mind as well. “This is where the early warning systems come in. Making an informed decision on how to react if someone has entered your house if you are not around

and keeping all safe from the physical dangers that can be encountered.” “With us your system is not just another product directly bought off the shelf, where you are left to your own devices to figure it all out.” Crusader Technologies offers advice based on a client’s needs, from residential and commercial right through to agriculture. Offering kits that are very affordable, yet not compromising on quality brings Crusader Technologies closer to achieving their goals of providing systems to protect to all.

We are now NEMTEK Distributors

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Vir kwaliteit Grysskilpampoene Sakata het ongeveer ‘n dekade gelede daarin geslaag om die eerste baster grysskilpampoen variëteit, Crown Prince suksesvol op ‘n kommersiële basis op die Suid-Afrikaanse mark vry te stel. Hierdie sukses is toe te skryf aan die verbruiker wat baie gou agtergekom het dat grysskilpampoene beter waarde vir geld lewer. Die beter kwaliteit en smaak Die sukses van Sakata se pampoenvariëteite lê opgesluit in die genetiese eienskappe wat die kwaliteit van die grysskilpampoene bepaal: F1 Basterkrag Die belangrikste voordeel van basterkrag is die sterk groeiende plant wat lei tot beter aanpasbaarheid, hoër opbrengste, eenvormige drag, vroeë produksie en beter verdraagsaamheid teen siektes. Die kwaliteit van die vrugte is natuurlik ‘n verdere voordeel – dit is meer eenvormig, smaak beter en beskik oor ‘n klein saadholte wat weer bydra tot die gewig en houvermoë van die vrugte. Die Skil Pampoene bly ‘n lewende entiteit nadat dit gepluk is en die proses van transpirasie deur die skil gaan steeds voort nadat die vrugte gepluk is. Indien die skil oor ’n swak waslagie beskik verloor die vrug sy vog in ‘n relatiewe kort periode deur die stoma en word die raklewe en kwaliteit van die vrug hierdeur benadeel. Sampson en Nelson is geneties so saamgestel dat die skil oor ‘n sterk waslaag beskik en hierdie variëteite kan, onder die regte omstandighede, tot 6 maande gestoor word. Dit is veral produsente wat opberg vir beter markpryse, verwerkers van pampoenprodukte en uitvoerders wat hierdie eienskap benut. Die Blare Die kwaliteit van die vrug word ook bepaal deur die aantal blare op die rank tussen die vrugte. Energie wat in die blare deur die proses van fotosintese opgebou word, word na die vrug getranslokeer waar dit in die vorm van stysel gestoor word. Bostipes het

minder blare per vrug, minder energie is beskikbaar en vir hierdie rede beskik die vrugte nie oor dieselfde kwaliteit nie. Nelson is die nuutste ontwikkeling in die bostipes waar die teler daarin geslaag het om die blaaroppervlakte te vergroot - die gevolg is beter kwaliteit en stoorvermoë. Sampson verkry voorkeur vanaf uitvoerders en verwerkers weens sy voorkoms en kwaliteit. Sampson beskik oor intermediêre siekteweerstand teen “Zucchini yellow mosaic virus”, “Watermelon

het vinnig byval gevind. Met die genetiese materiaal van telers wat elke seisoen verbeter het Crown Prince lankal plek gemaak vir beter pampoenvariëteite. Sakata se nuwe generasie grysskilpampoene is Nelson, ’n unieke bostipe met die kwaliteit en houvermoë en Sampson, die ranktipe met ongelooflike opbrengs en kwaliteit. mosaic virus” en “Papaya ringspot virus”. Sampson is besonders groeikragtig, wat hoër opbrengste en groter vrugte, wat vir tot ses maande gestoor kan word, tot gevolg het. Hierdie eienskappe maak Sampson by uitstek geskik vir verbouing in die na-jaar (koeler seisoen) wanneer die grootste virusdruk voorkom. Gewigsklas: 5 tot 7 kg. Nelson is ’n bostipe grysskilpampoen afkomstig uit dieselfde stal as Sampson, wat aan hierdie variëteit ‘n uitstekende vrugkwaliteit gee. Die kwaliteit van die vrug word bepaal deur die aantal blare op die rank tussen die vrugte. Energie wat in die blare deur die proses van fotosintese opgebou word, word na die vrug getranslokeer waar dit in die vorm van stysel gestoor word. Gewoonlik het bostipes minder blare per vrug. Minder energie is dus beskikbaar en vir hierdie rede beskik die vrugte nie oor dieselfde

kwaliteit nie. Nelson is egter die nuutste ontwikkeling in die bostipes waar die teler daarin geslaag het om die blaaroppervlakte te vergroot - die gevolg is beter kwaliteit en stoorvermoë. Produsente verkies oor die algemeen bostipes weens die hoër plantestand en gevolglike hoër opbrengste. Gewigsklas: 4 tot 6 kg. Vir meer inligting oor Sakata se grysskilpampoene of ander groentegewasse, kontak gerus vir Leon Labuschagne by sel: 083 585 1181. AFWYSENDE KLOUSULE: Hierdie inligting is op ons waarnemings en/of inligting vanaf ander bronne gebaseer. Aangesien gewasprestasie van die interaksie tussen die genetiese potensiaal van die saad, die fisiologiese eienskappe daarvan en die omgewing, bestuurspraktyke ingesluit, afhang, gee ons geen waarborg uitdruklik of deur implikasie, vir die prestasie van gewasse relatief tot die inligting gegee, nog aanvaar ons enige aanspreeklikheid vir enige verlies, direk of as gevolg daarvan, wat tewyte aan enige oorsaak ookal mag ontstaan. Lees eers asseblief Sakata Seed Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd se verkoopsvoorwaardes voordat saad bestel word.

Bo: Sampson – eenvormige vrugte met ‘n uitstekende houvermoë. Nelson – semi-bostipe pampoen met uitstekende interne kwaliteit.

Roast venison loin with pumpkin & Sichuan salt Prep: 15 mins Cook: 1 hr, 10 mins • Serves 4 https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/roastvenison-loin-pumpkin-sichuan-salt

Ingredients 1 small pumpkin or squash, peeled and seeds removed, then sliced into wedges 8 sage leaves 60ml maple syrup 3 shallots, peeled and sliced lengthways 40g butter 600g venison loin, fat and sinew removed For the Sichuan salt: 10 Sichuan peppercorns 1 tbsp flaky salt 1 tsp chopped rosemary

Method Heat oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5. Put the pumpkin, sage, maple syrup and shallots in a roasting tin and give it a good mix with your hands, making sure you coat everything in the syrup. Add half the butter and sprinkle with salt, then roast for 45 mins or until the pumpkin is tender. While the vegetables are roasting, heat a frying pan, add a splash of oil and the remaining butter. When foaming, add the venison and sear as quickly as you can. Remove from the heat and set aside. Once the vegetables are soft, lay the loin on top and return the tin to the oven to cook for another 15-20 mins. While the venison is roasting, put the Sichuan peppercorns, salt and rosemary into a pestle and mortar and grind to a coarse seasoning. When the venison is cooked, remove from the oven and rest for 10 mins. While it’s resting, brush with the glaze from the pan and sprinkle over a generous pinch of the seasoning. Serve the carved venison with the pumpkin and shallots.


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FAR NORTH MEDIA

SAMPSON Uitstekende raklewe Sterk groeikragtige plante Eenvormige vrugte met klein saadholte Uitstaande opbrengspotensiaal Sakata grysskilpampoen variĂŤteite:

Sampson

Nelson

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