This edition features several articles relevant to the planting season which has just commenced in many parts of the industry. Besides the regular features (Director's Message, Topical Tips, Weather) there is news about the Longhorn Beetle, recommendations on maintaining late-season cane quality and the importance of diversifying your sugarcane varieties.
The Fertiliser Agricultural Laboratory offers soil, leaf, water sources and salinity status analyses for a diverse range of crops at a competitive rate. It is vital that the grower/client understands every detail in these reports as there is value in each test that FAS runs on samples. As a result, FAS has created user guides to assist with understanding each of the packages that are on offer.
Especially during this time of social distancing, furthering extension support to small-scale growers through digital resources is becoming more important than ever. Video clips are now being distributed to small-scale growers through WhatsApp. These videos can also be viewed on the SASRI YouTube channel or the SASRI Knowledge Hub. Audio podcasts of the May edition of SASRI’s popular isiZulu magazine, Ingede...
Nutrient deficiencies are one of the most common causes of poor plant growth, pest and disease susceptibility and inadequate crop yields. These deficiencies are often a result of poor or incorrect fertiliser application. To assist with understanding more about the various nutrients, we have revamped our Nutrition series of Information Sheets.
The latest edition of The Link is now available on the Knowledge Hub on our website. This month we have released a SPECIAL EDITION dedicated to Soil Organic Matter. Organic Matter improves soil health, water infiltration and water holding capacity, and reduces....
Widespread flowering is expected this season in coastal areas of the following regions: South Coast, North Coast and Zululand (up to and including Umfolozi). However, in the northern irrigated regions...
A new poster guide has just been published to assist sugarcane growers with deciding on appropriate times of the year for applying chemical ripeners, either to ripen sugarcane or for late-season quality maintenance.
The InfoPack disc that was previously published by SASRI on an annual basis has been discontinued.
You will now be able to find all InfoPack content by selecting Knowledge Hub from the menu on this website.
This season, flowering has been particularly profuse, especially in varieties prone to flowering e.g. N23, N27, N42. Heavily flowered cane should not carried over to next season and these fields should be harvested before September. As a rule of thumb, fields with more that 20% stalks flowered should NOT be carried over. Determine the percentage of flowered stalks by infield inspection. Consult your Extension Specialist for advice if seedcane fields have flowered heavily.