Prophyta and Hortgro Science Short Course 2018

This six-day short course, which takes place on 13, 14, 15 and 27, 28, 29 August, is designed to provide an understanding of the horticultural processes of tree growth and development, scientific irrigation management, nutrition and the execution of good soil health and soil science practices.

The goal is the production of high tonnages of top […]

Beyond the farm gate: FruitLook gives the big picture

FruitLook is an online tool that helps growers improve yields and save resources by helping growers monitor their crops and optimising their irrigation protocols. One in every ten producers said they use almost a third less water due to FruitLook technology.

By Jorisna Bonthuys


The face of agriculture and natural resource management is changing with satellites […]

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    Thrips control: Culmination of a 34 year career for Dr Allsopp

Thrips control: Culmination of a 34 year career for Dr Allsopp

As one enters Dr Elleunorah Allsopp’s office one enters a space which manages to find a balance between a busy energy and a systematic neatness.

She is on the phone speaking to a farmer or it could be a fellow researcher, and I can make out that the person on the other end is describing […]

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HORTGRO Science launches Tech Book

The Tech Book has been launched in conjunction with the HORTGRO Science 15/16′ annual report. Hugh Campbell, HORTGRO Science General Manager, said the objective of the Tech Book was to package what has been published in the South African Fruit Journal the previous year (2015). Growers now have access to all relevant articles in […]

Crop Production Programme completed projects 2016

As the project cycle winds up for 2016, the HORTGRO Science team of researchers for the Crop Production Programme have submitted their final reports. The invaluable findings of the latter represent a significant return on investment (ROI) for our growers. The projects seemed to have covered a range of divergent topics.  However, looking at the bigger […]

Nematodes: A window into orchard soil health

By Dane McDonald

To get an idea of the condition of the soil lying beneath an orchard, growers need to look no further than the millions of microorganisms writhing around in the ground.

This is according to nematode PhD researcher Caro Kapp from the Entomology Department at the University of Stellenbosch.

Her PhD thesis deals broadly with […]

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    Sustainable agriculture in SA needs biofumigation, symposium hears

Sustainable agriculture in SA needs biofumigation, symposium hears

Stellenbosch – The drive towards “sustainability” formed the backbone of the 6th International Biofumigation Symposium which the organisers of the event described as “fumigation for the future”.

Top researchers in the field of biofumigation descended on Spier Estate near Stellenbosch to make acquaintance with the latest developments and trends in the field.

Chief Research Scientist at […]

Progress on Geneva® rootstocks in SA

Apple rootstocks currently available to the SA apple industry have various shortcomings. Disadvantages include excess vigour, low yield efficiency, lack of precocity, poor adaptability, and high susceptibility to pests and diseases. Recent studies have found some of the Geneva® rootstocks to be significantly more yield efficient and precocious than standard rootstocks.

HORTGRO Science currently has […]

VIDEOS: Principles of fruit production

Emerging fruit growers gained access to valuable knowledge on the principles of fruit production in the at the HORTGRO Science Technical Symposium 2016 which took place in June at Allee Bleue wine estate in Simondium.

The first day of the symposium was aimed at growers who were new to the deciduous fruit industry. This event […]

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    Grower “word of mouth” key for insect fighting fungi in SA, says expert

Grower “word of mouth” key for insect fighting fungi in SA, says expert

The field of insect pathology is “building constantly” in South Africa, according to a world expert in insect pathology from the United States.

“If, as curriculum it can be increased and as the products get sold – farmers see the product and famers talk to farmers, and they get good efficacy then I think that […]

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