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Mbombela fabrication plant sets the quality bar

Mbombela fabrication plant sets the quality bar

With his experience reaching as far back as his school days, Vincent Allan, who is the founder and owner of the Mpumalanga-based MacMachines, says the demand for high quality and made-to-spec plant for macadamia processing operations has resulted in deliveries as far...

Practical training grows mac farm manager skills

Practical training grows mac farm manager skills

A commercial grower training programme to shore up the ever widening skills gap in South Africa’s macadamia industry has successfully completed its first year, with a second group of youngsters signed up and busy learning how to manage the country’s orchards.A...

Mayo Macs breaks new ground with US partnership

Mayo Macs breaks new ground with US partnership

Mayo Macs has announced a landmark joint venture partnership with a United States-based nut pasteurisation company as the South African processor looks to extend its reputation for top quality kernel exports able to meet stringent international food safety...

GFNC price offer up by 20% in 2019

GFNC price offer up by 20% in 2019

Macadamia farmers at the recent Green Farms Nuts Company (GFNC) price offer meeting heard that the processors were gearing up for top prices and a bumper harvest, despite a growing preference for the Australian nut-in-shell product. GFNC CEO Allen Duncan...

Take cover: protect your resources with cover crops

Take cover: protect your resources with cover crops

Planting cover crops in macadamia orchards has innumerable benefits, including water savings, improved soil health, and trees that are less prone to stress – ultimately resulting in greater yields and profitability.Pristine orchards that are swept clean, without a...

Get the most bang for your buck with higher crackouts

Get the most bang for your buck with higher crackouts

Higher kernel recovery and unblemished whole nuts means more profit in your pocket. But with various factors that ultimately influence crackout, farmers need to manage on-farm practices carefully to reap the full reward from the harvest.There is considerable potential...

Letter from the editor – Autumn 2019

Letter from the editor – Autumn 2019

News coming out of South Africa’s macadamia industry remains hugely positive. Despite a turbulent year predicted for the rand which could impact on returns, the increasing global demand for the crop has meant the price is predicted to exceed last year’s offering...

Award-winning nuts

Award-winning nuts

Ardent management and continuous testing and tweaking of farming practices has kept Curlews Farm at the top of their game. Sarel Venter, Curlews’ farm manager, explains what it takes to produce an award-winning crop.Delivering an impressive 1.94% unsound kernel...

Oribi macadamia farmers grow people first

Oribi macadamia farmers grow people first

Oribi Flats macadamia farmers believe transformation is about understanding the community in which they live, identifying leaders and then giving them opportunities for learning while at the same time creating space where people are incentivised, respected and...

Macadamias in Mozambique

Macadamias in Mozambique

Establishing a macadamia farm in Mozambique has proved a steep learning curve for a group of South African farmers. But higher efficiencies and vast supplies of land and water have resulted in a profitable operation that offers a favourable option for...

New app makes harvesting a breeze

New app makes harvesting a breeze

A new smartphone application has been developed to help farmers better manage and keep track of their macadamia harvesting season. The Harvest App aims to assist growers with yield data and optimise workers' performance by efficiently measuring worker productivity,...

Beware the Felted Coccid

Beware the Felted Coccid

A new pest has made its way from Australia to macadamia orchards in Mpumalanga, causing tree die-back and reduced yields. Known as the Macadamia Felted Coccid, the pest has had a major detrimental effect on orchards in Australia where it originated, and on macadamia...

Welcome to 2019

Welcome to 2019

Dear Readers and Subscribers, Welcome to 2019 and best wishes for a prosperous and successful year ahead from the team at Macadamia SA. Before we get into what lies ahead for the publication this year, we want to thank all Macadamia processors and growers who...

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...