LATEST ARTICLES

LATEST ARTICLES

Letter from the Editor

Letter from the Editor

The shops are filled with Christmas decorations, festive season celebrations are under way and Macadamia SA is celebrating its fourth and final edition for 2018. While gathering the stories and doing the research for the inaugural edition in the first quarter of this...

Do we have enough water for all our macs?

Do we have enough water for all our macs?

The continual prosperity of the macadamia industry has led to a rapid increase in orchards with the industry adding around 2 000 additional hectares each year. With water shortages increasingly becoming the norm, questions are being raised now around the availability...

Growers urged to report pest sightings to boost research

Growers urged to report pest sightings to boost research

If efforts to develop comprehensive and integrated pest management strategies hope to keep pace with South Africa’s fast-growing macadamia industry, growers need to regularly inform academics and researchers at the Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute...

Hi-tech feed plan produces top grade nuts

Hi-tech feed plan produces top grade nuts

Using the latest research and development technology, a Mpumalanga-based crop maintenance advisor says creating a nutrition plan and sticking to it means macadamia farmers could now accurately calculate the supplementation needs in their orchards to get the best out...

International airport extends flight path to include macs

International airport extends flight path to include macs

The thousands of tourists travelling by air to the Kruger National Park each year are offering a unique window of opportunity for the region’s international airport, whose owners have joined up with agricultural enterprises to branch out into the hugely lucrative...

Shining a light on tree pruning

Shining a light on tree pruning

Big cuts straight after harvest followed by skirting and trimming a few months later make for good nut-in-shell yields in years to come, says macadamia orchard expert, Sarah-Jane Stewart. Trials held in South Africa and Australia to measure nut yields in macadamia...

Unlawful orchard development warning for macadamia farmers

Unlawful orchard development warning for macadamia farmers

Extensive land modification for crops such as macadamias has become a significant threat to biodiversity particularly on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast. This is according to the Principal Conservation Planner at Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife, Jenny Longmore, who was speaking...

Letter from the editor

Letter from the editor

Here we go gathering nuts in September and from all the reports I am receiving there’s a hang of a lot of them – in fact, the South African Macadamia Growers’ Association (SAMAC) says it’s going to be the biggest crop in the industry’s 30-year history! The impressive...

Coastal factory upgrades to meet processing demand

Coastal factory upgrades to meet processing demand

A multi-million upgrade to the Green Farms Nut Company Coastal Factory on the KwaZulu-Natal south coast has enabled the facility to double its capacity to meet demand. And expectations are that as sugarcane growers continue to diversify their operations at least...

Drought drives precise planning for soil and water on KZN nut farm

Drought drives precise planning for soil and water on KZN nut farm

Lessons learned from one of South Africa’s worst droughts in the 2015-2016 season have placed an increased emphasis on precision planning around soil health and water management strategies for the Dunstone family who farm over 400ha of macadamia nut orchards in...

Fodder grass provides perfect shelter for wind-blown Macs

Fodder grass provides perfect shelter for wind-blown Macs

Tough weather conditions on KwaZulu-Natal’s northern coastline are proving the perfect classroom for best water and land management development in the region’s fledgling industry. Planting Napier Fodder (Pennisetum purpureum) as a protection against persistent gales...

Top KZN macadamia seedling nursery a cracking success

Top KZN macadamia seedling nursery a cracking success

A vibrant hands-on management style plays a leading role in the success of KwaZulu-Natal’s largest macadamia nursery, T&T Agric, with qualified nurseryman and the company’s managing partner, Colin Rand saying attention to detail and a consistently transparent...

Replanted trees close the investment returns gap

Replanted trees close the investment returns gap

One of the biggest challenges facing prospective macadamia farmers is the long wait for return on investment. In a traditional orchard it typically takes around four or five years to harvest and some seven years to pay for the capital cost of establishing the orchard....

Hands on management vital for top quality Macs

Hands on management vital for top quality Macs

Intensive management is vital if macadamia nut trees are to produce top quality and improved yields year-on-year. Ryan Taylor, who has managed the extensive DR Mattison Group orchards on KwaZulu-Natal’s south coast since 2015, says despite the crop becoming one of the...

World’s largest macadamia factory opens in Mpumalanga

World’s largest macadamia factory opens in Mpumalanga

South Africa's Green Farms Nut Company (GFNC) has launched the world’s largest macadamia processing facility in White River, Mpumalanga. This multi-million Rand agri-processing development is the single largest investment into the macadamia industry on the African...

Macadamias – 2018 overview

Macadamias – 2018 overview

Macadamias have of late become a buzz word in South Africa’s agriculture industry as market prices soar amid increasing demand. The global macadamia industry is worth $822 million (over R9 billion) and since South Africa is the largest producer and exporter of the...

Andrew Sheard is ready for upcoming season

Andrew Sheard is ready for upcoming season

In the lead up to the harvesting season, Mayo Macs Technical Manager Andrew Sheard says through February and March farmers should be focused on orchard floor clean up and harvest equipment maintenance, maturity testing and stink bug control. Orchard hygiene should...