General Agri News

CropLife Africa Middle East Hosts Container Management Workshop in South Africa

In line with its strategy to develop container management programmes in key countries in the region, CropLife Africa Middle East hosted a container management workshop in South Africa for 11 African countries with the aim of providing the necessary guidance and support in this regard. The workshop, appropriately themed “Build and Strengthen Container Management Programmes […]

Gerbil Outbreaks Can be Managed Safely

Gerbil presence in agriculture Gerbils are traditionally present in cash crops but during the past two seasons reports of this pest species emerged from vineyards, fruit orchards and even in protea cultivation fields. Some farmers may have never had any gerbil infestation but the fact is that gerbils are increasing in range and intensity, hence […]

Correct Application of Sodium Fluosilicate Termite Baits is Essential for Effective Control

Harvester termite outbreaks Harvester termite outbreaks have been reported over the past two months. Areas that are affected by large scale outbreaks are the Northern Cape, Northwest, western Free State and Mpumalanga. In some areas veld and grazing have been damaged very badly by termite outbreaks and it warrants an environmentally sound approach to control […]

Canola Insecticides and Bee Safety Alert

CropLife SA is aware that canola producers are facing numerous pests in canola that may warrant the judicious use of insecticides. The past three years’ history taught us that off-label use of certain insecticides on canola such as methamidophos and profenofos had a profound negative impact on bee populations in the Western Cape. This resulted […]

Ridding the World of Plastic Pollution – One Pesticide Container at a Time

CropLife South Africa, the industry association that represents responsible manufacturers, suppliers and distributors of sustainable crop protection solutions, takes plastic pollution very seriously and aims to be a leader in the recovery and recycling of polyethylene pesticide containers and polypropylene bags used for seed, fertilisers and animal feeds. It maintains that there is no reason […]

Position Statement: Social media posts regarding product registrations

CropLife South Africa is aware of the various unsubstantiated statements that have been made on social media platforms by an individual offering services to the South African agricultural industry stating, amongst others, that: “data on pesticides are highly likely to have been invented” “80-90% of pesticides approved for sal (sic) in SA is (sic) illegally […]

Fall Armyworm Detected in the Clanwilliam District of the Western Cape

Fall Armyworm has been detected and positively identified in sweetcorn in Clanwilliam in the Western Cape. Large numbers of the moths have also been observed. All farmers growing cash crops need to scout for Fall Armyworm moths and for the egg parcels. Refer to the CropLife SA bulletin on managing Fall Armyworm (click to download) […]

Important Notice: Emergency Eradication Plan for Amaranthus Palmeri

The following important documentation has been made available in the Guidelines for Pest Management section in the Resources tab: Emergency Eradication Plan for Amaranthus Palmeri March 2019 Palmer Amaranth Information Bulletin March 2019 Palmer Amarant Inligtingsbulletin Maart 2019 Please take a moment to familiarise yourself with the content and contact dr Gerhard Verdoorn on +27(0)82 […]

Seed Treatment: Facts and Guidelines

Seed is the one element without which a grain farmer can’t even call himself a farmer. Other inputs such as fertilisers and pesticides, merely play a supportive role to seed, but can transform a harvest from valuable to highly profitable. As technology changes, so crop production potential increases and pesticides or crop protection products are […]

Glyphosate Litigation in the US

There have been many news reports over the past couple of days about the trial regarding glyphosate in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in San Francisco that began on Monday, Feb. 25. The second trial for 2019 is expected in mid-March in the Superior Court of the State of California. Bayer, […]