There are three diseases that are a significant threat in a guava orchard:
• Guava wilt disease (GWD) A fungal disease caused by Acremonium spp, GWD was first reported in South Africa in 1981. It is present in most of the guava-producing areas of Mpumalanga and Limpopo. Plant material may not be removed from the affected areas.
The initial symptoms of the disease include wilting and yellowing or bronzing of the leaves. The tree can decline rapidly or relatively slowly.
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These salads are a celebration of summer, and are perfect to have on their own or as a side. They are also easy to make and super affordable. Bon appétit!
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Economic Outlook 2021: Now Is The Time To Build Reserves
After a particularly tough year for its economy, South Africa faces many challenges in 2021. Reduced spending power, credit downgrades, and a second wave of COVID-19 could put a damper on agricultural profits this year, and farmers will need to consider their marketing plans carefully. Lindi Botha shares advice from two of the country’s leading economists.
Good Summer Rain Forecast For SA
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Land Reform 2021: Beware Of Fake News
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SA Harvest: fighting hunger and food waste one meal at a time
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I Love My Body, Curves & All!
New Miss SA Shudu Musida on her road to fame and why she’s proud of her body
Where Kingfishers Call
Limpopo lodge encourages reflection and interaction with nature
Eyes Over Africa
Deciding on a career is like one of those choose-your-own-adventure books: Each small decision you make impacts on what you end up doing with your life. Delport Botma (28) went for the “out-there” option and became a helicopter pilot.
A Dog's Life
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Conservation Agriculture Reduces Erosion And Improves Production
Soil erosion is a natural process, but the rate of soil erosion presently taking place – mainly due to anthropogenic influence – is not sustainable. When travelling through South Africa, we see soil eroded by water as acceptable and natural.
Beautiful white ironwood for medium to large gardens - Vepris lanceolata
The white ironwood is a tall or spreading evergreen tree, usually 7 – 20m high. It has smooth, light greyish-white bark and a rounded crown covered with shiny, trifoliate, lance-shaped leaves with wavy edges.
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A Solid Strategy Against Rising Input Costs
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