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November 2016 - Issue 50

Harvest 2016 is done and dusted in the Western Cape; well there might some harvesting left to do here and there. In the most cases feedback was excellent. There was however certain parts in the Swartland that received low rainfall which affected the yields.

This will be the last issue of the newsletter for 2016 and the next issue will be in February. The aim is to publish all newsletters and videos on the website from 2017 onwards. The 2016 conference videos will also be uploaded by then.

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October 2016 - Issue 49

Harvest 2016 is in full swing in the Western Cape. In both the southern Cape and the Swartland the combines are running and feedback received thus far looks very promising.

We have heard reports from the southern Cape of 2 ton/ha canola and 5 ton/ ha barley in certain areas. From the Swartland reports of 4 ton/ha wheat, from a few different areas, has come in. On the Langgewens research Farm between Malmesbury and Moorreesburg the wheat harvest is a big surprise thus far.

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September 2016 - Issue 48

Most of the farmers’ days are behind us and it was great to see the high attendance rates. The Riversdale day, in its new form, set a new record with 410 attendees. It is encouraging to see that our producers are still hungry for knowledge.

The conservation agriculture effort in the province was also blessed this month with winning a Gold award at the Premier of the Western Cape’s Service excellence awards, in the category of Best Implemented Programme or Project. We are now holding thumbs for the national awards.

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August 2016 - Issue 47

It still amazes me how quickly time flies. I cannot believe that we are in the last quarter of the year already and that in a few short weeks harvest season will start.

The CAWC conservation week was ‘n huge success, with 200 attendees at the practical day in Caledon and 185 people attending the conference day at Elsenburg. The management team is thankful for the excellent response and we promise to build on this for next year. The 2017 practical day will be hosted in the Swartland.

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July 2016 - Issue 46

To all of you that travelled during the June school holiday we hope that it was enjoyable and that everybody is safely home. The next 6 months is loaded with famer’s days en harvest time is also around the corner. Enjoy the new newsletter. We are also looking forward to the conference week during August.

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June 2016 - Issue 45

Dit lyk darem of die seisoen nou begin draai het en die reën aan die kom is in die Swartland. Ons hoop julle geniet die nuwe nuusbrief.

Registrasie is nou oop vir die BLWK Jack Human Bewaringsweek. Om registrasie te vergemaklik het ons ‘n internetvorm opgestel wat ingevul kan word om te registreer. Geen van die inligting wat in die vorm ingevul word sal aan enige iemand beskikbaar gestel word nie. Al wat u hoef te doen is om die onderstande skakel te klik.

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April 2016 Issue/Uitgawe 44

On the opposite side of the mountain the results was much better in the long term trials at Tygerhoek and Riversdale. We hope and pray that the new season will be a normal one. In the coming season a wide variety of new trials will be introduced in both the Swartland and the southern Cape. We are currently finalising the dates for green tours as well as walkand-talks and will keep you informed. You can already book the 2nd and 3rd of August for the CAWC conference. The conference promises interesting speakers from across the sea, as well as locally. Please read the piece on decisions coming out of the management meeting during January. 

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March 2016 - Issue 43

Lawmakers backing hemp production try to separate it from pot in public’s eye

Marijuana’s cousin-without-a-high, industrial hemp, is a step closer to returning to Indiana. Lawmakers have allowed the state seed commissioner to license farmers to grow industrial hemp — if and when the federal government stops treating it like a Schedule I drug. A measure authored by Senate Agriculture Chairwoman Jean Leising, R-Oldenburg, was requested by Purdue University researchers who last summer planted the state’s first legal hemp crop in decades. Purdue researchers foresee Congress ending a federal ban on hemp production in the United States within the next year.

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February 2016 - Issue 42

The first newsletter of 2016 has under the guidance of Arie van Ravenswaay, a new appointment at the Department of Agriculture, taken on a new format. We hope that you enjoy the new layout.

The past season lies in the rear view mirror, getting smaller and smaller and the 2016 looming ahead. The Swartland and Southern Cape experienced vastly different seasons in 2015 and the dry conditions in the Swartland, has lowered the total wheat yield of the country. Langgewens received only 170mm of rain from April to September, with August and September the driest in about 70 years.

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