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    Western Cape declared drought disaster area – implications for FRUIT production

Western Cape declared drought disaster area – implications for FRUIT production

Bellville – The Western Cape has officially been declared a disaster area in response to the current drought crisis, described as the worst in more than a century.

The disaster will be classified for a three-month period which can be extended if the need arises.

Theewaterskloof Dam (Photo credit: Alistair Stewart, Twitter @AliStewart89)
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Progress report: Orchard of the Future

Wiehann Steyn, Xolani Sibosa, and Dane McDonald

Nearly seven years ago HORTGRO Science challenged the apple industry through its Orchard of the Future (OoF) project. The project encouraged orchard designs that were novel, ‘outside of the box’, and pushed the limits of conventional fruit production systems. The goals were to inspire industry to utilise more […]

ZZ2’s Hendrik Pohl joins ‘Orchard of the Future’ pack

Dane McDonald

In 2016 apple grower, Hendrik Pohl from ZZ2, joined the Orchard of the Future project with his Bokveldskloof orchard block. The goals for Pohl’s orchard are ambitious and seek to demonstrate the interplay between rootstock and planting density in terms of cost and meeting production goals. HORTGRO Science spoke to Hendrik about his […]

The ‘Net Gain’ amid water & climate challenges

By Prof Wiehann Steyn

This blog article, probably not surprisingly, is about water and climate. Research in the Crop Production programme is aimed at achieving the goals and address risks to the Orchard of the Future. At the 2016 HORTGRO Science symposium, attendees scored water availability and climate change as the greatest future risks that […]

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 […]

HORTGRO invests in students

Caption:Budding agriculturists. HORTGRO bursary holders at the function in Stellenbosch, last night – (from left) Lebotse Kamogelo, Faith Mokapane and Msizi Mdakiane.



HORTGRO invests R2.5m in students

Stellenbosch – HORTGRO has invested over R2.5m in bursaries and the development of students for 2016.

“Hopefully over time most of you will find your niche somewhere in our sector […]

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    Orchard of the Future – In Conversation

Orchard of the Future – In Conversation

Hugh Campbell, HORTGRO Science General Manager, and Wiehann Steyn, HORTGRO Science Crop Production Manager, take stock of the Orchard of the Future project; share lessons learned and share exciting future prospects for the programme.

Watch their conversation here:

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The Art of Mutualism

In Biology mutualism refers to the way two organisms of different species exist in a relationship
in which each individual benefits. In the deciduous fruit industry a similar relationship exists
between academia and the growers on the ground. ELISE-MARIE STEENKAMP investigates this
beneficial relationship and looks at future challenges.

Read full article here: THE ART OF MUTUALISM

HORTGRO Science 2013-14 Annual Report

As 2014 draws to a close and most of us take a break over the Christmas season, HORTGRO Science is proud to present our 2013-14 Annual Report. Blessings for the festive season and good wishes and prosperity for 2015.

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Wiehann word Prof!

Beste Professor!

Dr. Wiehann Steyn, wat die afgelope drie jaar HORTGRO Science se gewasproduksie-bestuurder is, het onlangs nog ‘n titel bygekry – hy is as buitengewone mede-professor aangewys by die Departement Hortologie van die Universiteit van Stellenbosch.

Ons het dié keer vir Wiehann onder die mikroskoop geplaas.

1. Jy is onlangs mede-professor gemaak – is dit ‘n […]

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