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Free State Department of Agriculture reaches out to Senwes

  • 07 November 2018
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The Senwes Exco team was delighted to meet with the executive team of the Free State Department of Agriculture on 31 October 2018 where the two parties discussed a partnership plan.

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Senwes hosts another successful Christmas Tree event!

  • 07 November 2018
  • 2583

Eleven years ago an idea to treat local children from institutions aimed at child care for abused, special needs and abandoned kids, to a Christmas party arose. It began with three institutions - House Rethabile, House Adonai and Matlosana Childcare in Klerksdorp.

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Senwes Supports AgriSecurity!

  • 01 November 2018
  • 2795

Senwes was once again proud to be a name sponsor of the annual NWK Agri Securitas Senwes Golf Day, which was held at the picturesque Pecanwood Golf Estate near Hartbeespoort Dam on 25 October 2018.

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Nuts about Pecans

  • 01 November 2018
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Pecan nut farming requires a lot of time, careful effort and high costs, but the profit potential is impressive.

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Strawberries: The brighter the fruit, the sweeter the juice

  • 01 November 2018
  • 2450

The versatile strawberry is enjoyed by many worldwide. Whether it’s on a stack of pancakes, served with cream or even toast and strawberry jam to go, it can quickly turn into a favourite.

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SGS Laboratory Services - Support of better planning and management prior to and after the planting season

Laboratory analysis can add a lot of worth to your management decisions in the planting season. SGS NviroCrop's soil laboratory can help with the analysis of water quality, soil nitrogen, soil life, fertiliser and leaves.

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Get ready for the season of kings

Summer is finally here and gardeners have done their pruning. Compost has been worked into the soil and beds prepared for the planting of summer plants, flowers and vegetables.

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Sonneblompakket presteer in moeilike seisoen

  • 22 October 2018
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Die 2017/18 seisoen was ’n hoogs onvoorspelbare seisoen. Ten spyte van uiterste klimaatstoestande het sonneblom die afgelope seisoen homself weer bewys as ’n gewas wat in strawwe produksietoestande goeie opbrengste kan realiseer.

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Precision technology and successful plant

Successful and optimal crop yield is the result of interaction between soil (physics, chemistry and biology), crop (soil and climate requirements and characteristics), climate (in respect of which rainfall intensity and distribution are critical), management and technology (tractors, implements and precision equipment). What must the producer do to manage al this elements effectively?

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The king of content. Video is leading the online charge

Ever heard the saying 'why stand if you can sit or sit if you can lie down?' The same concept applies when it comes to digital media where one could ask the question: Why would you read if you can listen or listen if you can watch?

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Is daar nou ‘n El Nino of nie?

El Nino of Nie-El Nino? Weervoorspellers weet tans self nie mooi wat die see-oppervlaktemperature in die sentrale Stille Oseaan wil maak nie. Gelukkig vir weervoorspellers is daar die konsep van “waarskynlikhede” wat gebruik word om onsekerheid uit te druk maar vir ‘n besluitnemer is daar nie waarskynlikhede nie: dit is óf ‘n “Ja” óf ‘n “Nee” en nie byvoorbeeld ‘n 50% kans vir iets om te gebeur soos voorspellers dit uitdruk nie.

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Digital Agriculture - The key to sustainability

Digital agriculture holds the potential to unlock our next giant leap in farming productivity and efficiency

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Hunting rifle - your choice of a bullet

The 2018 hunting season is a thing of the past and hunters are already planning the next year's hunt.

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Senwes Equipment provides tips for a trouble-free planting season

  • 12 October 2018
  • 2118

We, as the Senwes Equipment team, would like to wish you, our valued customer, a prosperous and problem-free planting season. We trust that you will have excellent yields and good up-time in respect of your equipment.

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Senwes Proud To Be Part of First Nampo Cape

Senwes and two of its Joint Venture Partners, Hinterland and JDI were proud to be part of the inaugural Nampo Cape Agri-Expo held at Bredasdorp Park in the Overberg from 12 to 14 September 2018.

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Senwes and SGS to join hands

Senwes and SGS has successfully concluded a co-operation agreement in terms of which the service delivery to customers of both these entities are to be substantially enhanced.

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Agricultural debt - Steps to improve the financial position of a farming business

According to statistics of the National Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, agricultural debt increased by approximately R34 689 or 30% during the period 2014 to 2017 and is expected to reach the R160 000 million level during 2018, which would imply a debt burden of approximately 35%.

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Beskerm ons boere met oesversekering | Dekking beskikbaar van plaas tot depot

Volgens Statistiek Suid-Afrika verteenwoordig die landboubedryf 6% van ons land se indiensneming en dra dit direk by tot 2,5% van die land se BBP. Die landbousektor raak ‘n al hoe belangriker faktor in ons ekonomie, wat boere onder voortgesette druk plaas om groter oeste te produseer vir gesinne wat nie gereeld toegang tot voedsel het nie.

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In the next Senwes Scenario Summer edition

It is again time for the 2018 Summer edition of the Senwes Scenario. Can you believe that this is already the fourth edition of the newly redesigned magazine? This after we launched the new Scenario in April this year.

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Senwes Silo - bin of love

  • 02 October 2018
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When the time comes to ask the BIG question, a restaurant or seaside would probably be good enough. However, when you are Free Stater, living in the heart of an agricultural area, you have to find a very special place, "something different, something totally out of the ordinary". Senwes Grainlink's Attie silo, 20km outside of Kroonstad, came to the rescue.

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Lock down your spray investment

Off target spray has been an issue in crop protection for quite a few years. Recent developments in chemistry, spray techniques and equipment, however, provides multiple strategies to deal with the problem.

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Get to know the brands behind the products

  • 10 September 2018
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K-Rain is a global manufacturer and distributor of Gear Driven Rotors, Sprinklers, Sprays, Controllers and Valves for the commercial and residential irrigation markets. The Cascade brand of pump solutions is aimed at servicing a wide range of water supply and irrigation applications in the domestic, industrial, garden and agricultural markets.

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Nuwe Mielieprodukte van PIONEER® - vir die Westelike Produksiegebied

Planttyd is deel van die saaiboer se dinamika waartydens die grondslag van sukses van enige gewas gelê word. Daarom is regte besluitneming ten opsigte van insette van die “Word Go” af van kardinale belang. Mielieverbouing beleef tans onsekerhede in terme van produsenteprys en marktendens.

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Aardklop App nou beskikbaar!

Aardklop sit nie sommer agteroor of raak ouderweds nie, nee nie sommer nie. Hierdie jaar stel ons met trots ons spiksplinternuwe selffoontoep bekend.

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Sports Shooting

Sports shooting is a term often used in firearm circles and a very important requirement in terms of the Firearms Act.

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Preparation for the coming season

It is that time of the year again when your machines are taken out of storage and dusted off for the new planting season. Take the bull by the horns and face all the challenges and elements to prepare the fields for another planting season.

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From self-propelled to mounted or trailed sprayers

We take a look at the great increase in mounted and trailed sprayers in the South African market over the last season and unravel the reasons behind this growing trend.

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1st Green Colour Band Rodenticide On The Market

Efekto Eco Rat™ is a soft bait formula that delivers fast colony kill of anticoagulant resistant rodents like Norway rats, roof rats, and house mice in just seven days.

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Hunting Time

The change of the season brings a sense of excitement in the hearts of all hunters. As the days grow shorter and colder, the excitement increases. It is almost hunting time! The time of the year when hunters can plan their hunting trips and have a once in a lifetime experience!

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Fill the tummies with a Pork belly

After Senwes Scenario's visit to CP and Gerda Kriek a tTaaibosch Piggery, we searched high and low for unusual pork recipes. According to the Krieks, pork belly is one of the nicest cuts.

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Senwes is a proud sponsor of the LBW and AgriSA “Land Solution” Summit

All farm roads will lead to Limpopo on 23 and 24 August 2018 when some of the country’s leading authorities on South Africa’s Land debate will gather near Bela Bela to discuss this contentious issue.

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Lick supplements - fact of fiction

A lot has been written about ruminant feeding, and particularly about lick supplements. It is a fact that many older people did many things right, but aspects such as licks have not necessarily been adjusted on farms with changed production systems, climate changes, increased livestock performance,

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To the Portuguese islands with Senwes Grainlink

No, not by train, but by boat, after having won the unbelievable Senwes Grainlink prize. Imaging winning a trip to an island paradise! Well, thanks to Senwes Grainlink, two of our valued producers, Adél en Hansie Botes, can look forward to a trip to the Portuguese islands (Mozambique) to the value of R25 000.

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East Now Also Senwes Territory

Senwes Equipment in the Eastern Cape in full force It is great news that Senwes Equipment is now also in the Eastern Cape as three branches were officially opened from 2 to 4 May 2018, Aliwal-North, Ugie and East London.

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Potential Steps and Options to Consider In Order to Improve the Financial Position and Performance of a Farming Business

According to statistics of the National Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, agricultural debt increased by approximately R34 689 or 30% during the period 2014 to 2017 and is expected to reach the R160 000 million level during 2018, which would imply a debt burden of approximately 35%. Measured against generally accepted norms, it is gravitating to the higher side. It should be seen against the background of a slowing down (or even a decrease) in land prices, stricter monetary policy and political uncertainty.

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Potatoes South Africa Awards the First Ever Enterprise Development Farmer of the Year

The first ever Potatoes South Africa Enterprise Development Farmer of the Year was announced at the Gala Dinner of the Potatoes South Africa Transformation Symposium held at the Saint George Hotel in Pretoria on 07 June 2018.

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Senwes Grainlink Bags Indoor Stand of Excellence award at Nampo

Senwes Grainlink received a Silver Award for its innovative and unique stand at Nampo 2018. The “double decker” stand is what caught the judges’ eyes as they evaluated the exhibitions in the Nampo Hall at Nampo Harvest Day 2018. The stall, described as ‘’innovative and never been done before’’ attracted visitors with its special virtual reality tour of a silo.

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In the next Senwes Scenario

It is time for the June-July 2018 edition of the Senwe Scenario, the second edition of our redesigned magazine after we revealed our new look Scenario in April.

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The National Minimum Wage

The South African labour market is rightly regarded as highly regulated. This view is confirmed in the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report of 2017/2018 in which South Africa is ranked 137 out of 137 countries in terms of labour-employer relations.

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Fuel hike puts further pressure on consumers and agriculture sector

The South African consumer faces another hefty hike in fuel costs effective Wednesday June 6 according to the recent announcement by the Department of Energy.

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Marinated Leg of Venison potjie in a flash

This game recipe is just the right thing to enjoy during harvest time. It be could springbok, impala or even a hartebeest.

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Why reload?

Why don't I just buy ammunition over the counter? Why do I feel that the time spent was better than spending the weekend watching rugby on TV? Why do I want to spend hours and hours working on a load and the reloading of ammunition?

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Substantial nampo attendance shows producers still have hope

A new record attendance figure achieved during NAMPO 2018 and the feedback from the exhibitors that they mainly did good business testify to the optimism of the agricultural sector despite all the uncertainties facing South African producers.

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Trough Management of Feedlots

Trough management refers to the daily management of feedlots to ensure maximum food intake and the best health for the animals. The purpose of cattle in the feedlots is to transform feed into high quality meat.

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Grain market prospects

Local prices will probably continue to reflect a sideways trend, with prices trading around export parity levels. Even with exports of almost 2,2 million tons, carry-over stock levels of around 3 million tons can be expected by the end of April 2019. However, interim price increases could occur as a result of higher international prices or a weaker exchange rate. These opportunities can and must be utlised in order to do the most optimal marketing possible.

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Budget tips to survive the vat hike

Finance Minister Melusi Gigaba announced in his budget speech on 21 February 2018 that for the first time in 25 years, VAT will increase by one percentage point to fifteen percent as of 1 April 2018. A one percentage point increase in VAT implies that 7.1 percent more tax will be collected. For Senwes clients registered for VAT for farming purposes, this increase will have a minor effect as VAT on all major input costs can be claimed back from South African Revenue Services (SARS).

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How to ensure your equipment survives this winter with Ferdie Pieterse

Winter is slowly creeping in and Ferdie Pieterse: Senwes Equipment Managing Executive has some handy tips on how to ensure that your Equipment survives this Winter.

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Everything that you can map - that is Senwes Geographic Information System (GIS)

"No, we don't just guess - we map facts". This is according to the ladies at the Senwes GIS-division (Geographic Information Systems). Right now It is harvest time and the right time to conclude the season and to plan for the next season. Senwes GIS can assist producers by mapping anything that you can possibly think of. Everything that happens on earth can be represented on paper.

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Fall armyworm update

Senwes Scenario previously reported on the Fall Armyworm which invaded South Africa in January 2017, ravaging crops across the country. Updated reports indicate the spread of this pest which has been detected on young sunflower in the Mpumalanga region in February 2018. ​

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Technology: The answer to farming in water scarce conditions

“Farmers irrigate two to five times more than needed. This means fertilizer is flushed, yields drop and water for production is lost.” So said Zohar Ben Ner, Chairman of SupPlant, addressing the audience at a seminar where Agritech hosted Senwes and other delegates to demonstrate how Israel thrives in agriculture despite the country’s arid climate conditions.

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In the next Senwes Scenario

The time has come at last and we are busy with the last few changes to the new and improved Scenario, before mailing it to you, our valued customers.

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The debate on which handgun is the best

Similar to the choice of a calibre of hunting rifle, the debate about the best hand weapon is not easy to solve. Requirements relating to a hand weapon differ, as well as people's opinion regarding a good hand weapon. Fortunately there are enough options and each person can buy what he regards as comfortable, beautiful and enjoyable.

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In the next Senwes Scenario

The long wait for the new and improved Senwes Scenario is almost over, and to keep you informed and your appetite sharpened, these articles should tide you over before the next print copy arrives in your mail box.

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Senwes Answers the Call to Fill Cape Town’s Cup

Senwes has always championed the plight of farmers who strive to remain productive even under the most difficult conditions. As seen with the initiation of the Drought Aid fund of 2016.

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5-year-old behind wheel of tractor

The South African Agricultural Teachers Association’s 15th annual conference, sponsored by Senwes, brought on a lot of adventure for the delegates!

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Draf en Trap is a gem of an export product for Ottosdal

Table Mountain in Cape Town is one of the seven new wonders of the world, Calvinia has the world’s largest post box, Oudtshoorn has the world famous Cango Caves and Ottosdal has the renowned Draf en Trap.

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New recipe. New range. New look.

A healthy meal is important for every type of dog. If you’re a proud dog owner, you understand that a meal is about more than satisfying hunger; it’s about the nutrients, proteins and fats that help your pet’s body develop in the healthiest way. It’s for this reason that Optimizor® has improved their recipe and launched a new range and new packaging.

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The Importance of Pest and Disease Scouting with Aeroview Scout

Scouting is essentially monitoring your fields for the presence of pests and diseases or any potential issues that could obstruct crop growth (irrigation leaks, trellis breakages, etc.). Planning a scout is also an important task. Scouts should plan to walk either an ‘A’, ‘Z’ or ‘W’ through your block (depending on its size) to make sure that you cover all bases.

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The impacts of conservation agriculture practices on soil health

Investigating the impacts of conservation agriculture practices on soil health as key to sustainable dry land maize production systems on semi-arid sandy soils with water tables in the North-Western Free State.

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For Senwes client and Grain SA Grain Producer it is all about adding value

Senwes client and Grain SA Grain Farmer of the Year, AC van Wyk, says it’s all about “the value you add to anything you do in life.

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Draft Taxation Laws Amendment Bill 2017

A financial planner, as in any profession, will never have the luxury of sitting back and thinking, “I know it all”, as the environment is constantly changing and evolving.

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Price risk management alternatives for the 2017-18 marketing season

Price risk management is one of the more difficult decisions which producers are confronted with every season.

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Pietsap van Rensburg - Mr John Deere!

Absolute amazement overtakes you the minute you see Pietsap van Rensburg's collection of John Deere model tractors in Schweizer-Reneke.

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Agri-companies assist with the survival of agriculture at the Blue School

The Farmer's Weekly recently published an article on agri-companies, sponsors, producers and parents uniting in an effort to revive agriculture at the Kroonstad High School, or the Blue School as it is known in the language of the people.

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Senwes Park T20 Cricket winner is...

The winner of the international T20 cricket experience for six at Senwes Park in Potchefstroom between the Proteas and Bangladesh, which took place on Sunday, 29 October 2017, is Madelyn Harmzen of Klerksdorp.

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In the next Senwes Scenario

The December 2017 / January 2018 edition of Scenario is not to be missed with loads of agrinews to take you into the New Year.

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It is time to plant

The winter is something of the past and we are looking forward to the coming summer season. Time will tell how the season will progress, but it is important to start in the right way. It is not always easy to rectify mistakes made before or during the planting process.

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Before you can dismiss an employee for poor work performance

In today’s competitive environment it is too expensive to have employees whose performance isn’t up to standard. Poor work performance can be very costly to your business, not just because of the mistakes made, but because dealing with them takes up a lot of your valuable management time.

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SA’s agricultural sector slowly bouncing back to full strength

Paul, Makube, Senior Agricultural Economist at FNB gives a snapshot of the agricultural sector and its recovery from the drought.

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In the next Senwes Scenario

The October/November 2017 edition of Senwes Scenario features loads of Agri-news you cannot afford to miss.

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Research underway by the Senwes Group

The Senwes Group of companies is currently engaged in an in-depth research project regarding the client’s experience of the Group’s service and customer/client relationships.

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BASIC CONCEPTS OF PRECISION FARMING

(As this article will focus on dryland precision grain farming, aspects of precision farming with regard to livestock, irrigation and forage are not included)

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Who can we trust? Stay savvy on-line!

Recently I urged readers to learn more about technology as a tool for business, but also to ensure the tools don’t end up ruling them!

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The Bultfontein Boertjiefees is back in 2017!

The ever popular Bultfontein Boetjiefees is back in 2017 and will take place from 31 August to 2 September at the Bultfontein Showgrounds.

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Maak seker jy besoek die 2017 Noord-Vrystaat SAVM Klub se Boeredag

Die immergewilde Noord-Vrystaat SA VleisMerino Boeredag vind vanjaar op Woensdag, 23 Augustus by die Kroon-Boma in Kroonstad plaas. So maak seker jy bespreek jou plek vroegtydig om nie die belangrike dag mis te loop nie.

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Senwes Grainlink is super-fit for the intake of the largest maize crop ever!!

Senwes is a leading agricultural company which has been storing and handling grain for the past 108 years - a true partner of producers and other customers in its area of operation. The heart of Senwes is agriculture and Grainlink Silo Operations is one of the main arteries of this heart. Strategies are therefore designed on a continuous basis to add value and to support customers.

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In the next Scenario

In the August/September 2017 issue of the Senwes Scenario we will have tons of agricultural news.

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Senwes Scenario busy with research

We are busy with an exciting process of upgrading Senwes Scenario. Your feedback will be invaluable to ensure that we meet your needs as our esteemed reader.

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AgriRewards statements available

Statements relating to the AgriRewards deferred bonus scheme are available since Friday, 7 July 2017.

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Firearm licences still valid - what does the court ruling mean?

Thousands of firearm owners were pleasantly surprised by the ruling by the Gauteng High Court on Tuesday, 4 July 2017, that all legal firearm licenses which have expired or which would be expiring soon, are still valid.

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From the Koppies district for the area - Christelle Jansen van Rensburg

If you had to describe grain marketing advisor in Koppies, Christelle Jansen van Rensburg, in only one sentence, it would be that she is in essence part of the Koppies district and that she is there for her producers, with all her heart and soul.

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Massing and Donations Tax

Estate planning can be a rather simple exercise where the first dying spouse bequeaths his entire estate to the last dying, or it may be more complex especially when dealing with the farming community.

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The importance of production licks on the rebreeding percentage of first-calf cows and heifers

The mass and condition of heifers and first-calf cows at breeding time are critical to ensure that the calving percentage is maintained at a high level.

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It's almost winter

Winter is in the air and it is time to establish your winter vegetable garden. Winter vegetables need a period of six to eight weeks to get established before the first frost.

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Ready for the hunt?

Before a hunting expedition we sit at the concrete table and shoot over a sand-bag. As soon as our guns shoot a few shots in close vicinity of each other, we are ready for the hunt - or are we?

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The role and vision of agri-businesses in a changing agricultural environment

After the excellent Agri-businesses: Where are we heading? article by Senwes Chief Executive Officer, Francois Strydom, which appeared in the Farmers' Weekly in May 2017, we continued the discussion with Francois, with the necessary permission. We talked about the changing agricultural environment, the role of leadership and the vision and strategy required.

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Senwes again part of Nation in Conversation at Nampo

Senwes will again be one of the sponsors of the country's leading agricultural talkshow, Nation in Conversation, which will be broadcasted live from various platforms during the four-day Nampo Harvest Day from 16 to 19 May.

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Something for everyone at Senwes Grainlink exhibition

Have you ever wondered what a grain silo looks like on the inside and how it works?

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Arnold wins an iPad valued at R12 000 with Nation in Conversation

Arnold Bender is the lucky winner of the Apple iPad competition hosted by Nation in Conversation. The lucky fish collected his prize on Thursday, April 6, 2017 and he is now the proud owner of an Appel iPad Air 2 32 gig, with an additional 2 gigs of data for the next 24 months valued at a whopping R12 000.

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Centre pivot becomes entertainment area in a flash

Senwes Scenario met two young farmers, Willem (21) and Gert Junior (19) Stols, on their farm approximately 6 km from Nampo Park near Bothaville. These two producers had the brainwave to create an entertainment area in their fields at the end of January 2017. On top of a centre pivot!

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Agri-Hertzogville Wins R10 000 from John Deere Finance

The Agri-Hertzogville Farmers Union sent a 45-strong contingent to attend the inaugural Senwes Equipment Expo at Nampo Park on 8 and 9 February this year, earning the union a cool R10 000, courtesy of John Deere Finance.

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In the next Senwes Scenario

In the April/ May 2017 edition of Senwes Scenario there is a lot of agri news.

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2016 Southern African Stud Breeder of the Year

Senwes Scenario visited the 2016 Southern African Stud Breeder of the Year, Johan Styger, to learn more about this top breeder and to understand his way of thinking.

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Senwes website refreshed

The new Senwes website is live. With this change comes a more understandable structure and an improved user experience.

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Sunflower time - bird hunting time

Thanks to a better rainfall pattern than the previous year in large parts of our area of operation, sunflower crops are looking promising. However, it is not clear as yet who the owners of the sunflower seeds are. Is it the farmer's crop, or pigeon food, which looks so promising at present.

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Nation in Conversation is everywhere

The new series of Nation in Conversation takes viewers on a journey through the beautiful rural areas of South Africa and the different industries, characteristic of the different regions, are investigated.

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Your grain marketing advisor at Wesselsbron has tons of experience

  • 10 March 2017
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Danie Pretorius was promoted to the position of senior grain marketing advisor at Wesselsbron in July 2016. Just the right man for the position!

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Sea, sun and white beaches spoil Senwes Equipment winners

R80 000 Mauritius holiday as good as a second honeymoon

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Westfert Dome towers above Hoopstad

  • 08 March 2017
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Producers travelling through the Free State must have seen the enormous white structure of the Westfert Dome just outside Hoopstad. Approaching this Free State town, the massive fertiliser store is visible from a distance of 10 km.

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On their way towards greatness: Senwes helps emerging farmers

A number of emerging farmers are being supported by the Senwes Development Programme. But how does the program actually work?

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Army worms in summer grain area

  • 09 February 2017
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Armyworms have been identified in certain areas of the summer grain region

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Eskom ready to cut the power of 10 municipalities

Eskom is ready to cut the power of 10 municipalities in the Free State and North West provinces as a means to recover outstanding debt.

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BERNINA kyk terug op 69 jaar

Dit is die jaar 2016 en BERNINA RSA kyk terug oor ‘n tydperk van 69 jaar se aktiewe betrokkenheid by die naaldwerkgemeenskap dwarsoor Suid-Afrika.

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39 John Deere Tractors at Agrivan Farming

The sound of 39 tractors roaring on a potato farm will have you in awe. This is what Senwes Scenario experienced when we visited Agrivan Farming near Christiana.

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It's fly time with Hinterland

Unfortunately, this isn’t an article about your next summer holiday. It’s all about that pesky fly and the hundreds that seem to gather in our homes every summer.

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Senwes producer very positive about AgriRewards

AgriRewards according to Pierre van Eeden, the first Senwes producer who joined the scheme. According to Pierre from the farm Heuninglaagte in the Edenville district, the decision to join AgriRewards was easy. Particularly because 80% of his farming operations involve crop farming and the fact that the AgriRewards bonus scheme had been rolled out to grain customers first.

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Senwes Group improves trend-setting login process

Tired of having to remember numerous passwords? What about just having one identity which can be used on different platforms? OneAgri is the answer!

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Farmers and Agriculturists receive highest honour in agriculture

The Agricultural Writers SA acknowledged outstanding achievements of commercial farmers, new entrants into commercial agriculture, and agriculturists during the awards evening held on Friday, 11 November 2016 near Pretoria.

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Win Big with Senwes Equipment and John Deere Introducing the three winners!

One of the highlights of 2016 was undoubtedly the 3-tiered Senwes Equipment and John Deere competition which generated lots of excitement. Here are the winners.

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In the next Senwes Scenario

Large parts of the land has been blessed with rain recently after we’ve emerged from probably the worst drought in recent memory.

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New drought product performance

A quick first year performance review of the new insurance product, Vegetation Revenue Cover, launched by Swiss Re Corporate Solutions Advisors South Africa (Pty) Ltd in partnership with Guardrisk Ltd last year this time.

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Krone - It’s a new world record

Krone Comprima turns out 149 bales in one hour.

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Careful planning is of the utmost importance

The previous season was characterised by extremes over the largest part of the Senwes area of operation. The rainfall figures, as well as the distribution of the rainfall, varied from reasonable downpours to very little rain due to the El Niño conditions which prevailed.

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Long-distance calibre choice

This is one of the most discussed subjects which have yielded the least answers. Calibre choice is a broad subject and finding the right solution will take much longer than just one evening's discussion around the braai. It has been discussed extensively, without a final answer at the end of the hunting weekend.

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John Deere 9570RX - The Prince of Tractors

For a city boy surviving his second year in the platteland, it takes a lot for me to be impressed with anything vehicular I might not have spied on the speedy highways of the city of gold. However, nothing I have experienced in Egoli prepared me for the sheer thrill of seeing the John Deere 9570RX tractor.

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Wat gaan die uitkoms van die nuwe seisoen wees?

  • 12 October 2016
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Above average rainfall was received during the first two months of the season over the traditional Senwes area of operation.

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In the next Senwes Scenario

Don’t miss the October/November issue of Scenario which is choc-ful of interesting articles.

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13th Senwes Young Farmer Future Focus with Nation in Conversation

This year it was time for the 13th Senwes Young Farmer Future Focus when the event took place on Tuesday, 13 September at Nampo Park near Bothaville.

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Spring donation cheers-up many

On Tuesday, 6 September, Senwes Grainlink and Tradevantage spread the Spring fever among the hearts of children and adults by donating several hampers containing mielie meal and blankets.

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Finansiële Resultate met Francois Strydom

In order to put a year such as this into perspective, nothing should be evaluated in isolation. You have to establish first where you are in a longer cycle.

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John Deere retail outlet at Senwes head office

The new John Deere shop at head office opened its doors at the end of March this year and has been going from strength to strength ever since.

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Senwes Spinners celebrate 10 years at the crease

The Senwes Spinners Cricket Development Programme, in partnership with Northwest Cricket, celebrated its 10thanniversary this year and is regarded as one of the best farm school cricket development projects in South Africa.

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Protecting the seeds of growth in South Africa and beyond

For the past 22 years, Villa Crop Protection has significantly contributed to South Africa’s agricultural industry via its unique and innovative approach to crop protection.

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Hinterland part of annual shooting competition

The Bothaville Hunters' Association, in co-operation with Hinterland and InteliGro, will be presenting their annual shooting competition. It will be held on 27 August this year at the Marouzlansrust shooting range, approximately 17 km from Bothaville.

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Senwes rewards loyal customers

Attention all grain customers - Senwes introduces the Senwes AgriRewards deferred bonus scheme which will offer Senwes Grainlink customers the opportunity of earning good deferred bonuses and utilising the benefits thereof. Senwes wants to reward its loyal customers in this way.

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Bora was born to do this!

The gift of farming raining on him. Meet Bora Monyatsi, an energized young up-and-coming farmer!

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How do I make my hunting rifle more accurate?

The hunting season officially started on 1 May. I am sure all the rifles have been taken out and checked and that hunting trips have been planned in the finest detail.

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Lick Supplementations to survive the winter

Late rains has fallen over the country and brought some drought relief lately, but, although grass has started to grow, the rains came too late for the veld to completely recover and produce enough feed for the coming winter. Roughage reserves in the country are in general low and expensive after the drought and producers are worried that the limited amount of grazing available at the moment won’t carry the animals through the coming winter.

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True Happiness - Meiring has his community at heart

Another Senwes producer who supports his district

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2016 Free State Agriculture Young Farmer - a proud Senwes supporter

“I have always known that I want to farm! There is nowhere else where I want to be".

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Load development - Part 2

As far as load development is concerned, it is also important to minimise the vertical distribution of shots of the same load as far as possible. The shots must, as far as possible, be on the same horizontal line on the target but the horizontal distribution should also not be too wide should environmental conditions such as wind, mirage and light not have had a significant impact. This process can be explained meaningfully by making use of the following example.

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Load development - Part 1

The development of a load for a specific rifle is, however, often easier said than done! There is no easy technique and time on the shooting range is inevitable. The time on the shooting range should, however, be approached in the correct manner in order to ensure that the cost saving objective of reloading ammunition does in fact realise.

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The Senwes Scenario platforms are abuzz

After the launch of the new website and app on 18 February this year, the number of readers increased to an astonishing 18 000 users. 94% of these users were new to the platforms and the platforms were visited 21 907 times during March 2016.

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Next Senwes Scenario is choc-full of info

The next issue of Senwes Scenario, out in June is brimming with information, news, opportunities to win and loads more.

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Nation in Conversation boasts new app

Join the conversation by downloading the new Nation in Conversation app from the different app stores now! As promised, this app contains everything an agricultural enthusiast would need to be part of all the panel discussions during Nampo 2016.

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Pitfalls in short-term insurance

When I started writing this series of articles I was convinced that all matters relating to short-term insurance could be covered in three or four articles. However, this is the ninth article and the end is still not in sight.

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Win Big with Senwes Equipment and John Deere

In Celebration of the new Trademark for the Senwes’ Mechanisation Division, the Group is proud to launch the Senwes Equipment brand! To mark the launch of this new brand, the division has teamed up with John Deere to bring new and existing clients an exciting epic competition with incredible prizes.

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Senwes Grainlink introduces innovative technology at Nampo

Senwes Grainlink will be introducing innovative new technology at Nampo this year. The Grainlink stall at the Nampo Harvest Day will be manned by competent procurers and silo personnel and will definitely amaze visitors with their new 3D and application technology.

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Hinterland, new game farming component for Nampo

Hinterland is excited about the availability of large exhibition areas in the Hinterland Hall (old Senwes Hall) at the Grain SA Nampo Harvest Day.

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Striking up a conversation on agriculture

Nation in Conversation will again be at the NAMPO Harvest Day to discuss topical issues in the agricultural sector. South Africa's top thought leaders will be gathering to be a voice for the producer and his key partners and to encourage and stimulate debate with South African consumers.

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How do I make my hunting rifle more accurate?

I receive many questions about the use of a silencer. Will it really silence the rifle? Does it lessen the recoil?

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Supa-Kill, your preferred choice

Supa-Kill is a natural food source for rodents and therefore it is much more acceptable for rats. The bait is wheat impregnated with the active ingredient. We recommend that the bait is used where there is little or no competition for food, e.g. dog food, rice, corn or bird seed.

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Future Focused on Opportunities - The 4th Industrial Revolution

In an effort to ‘turn down the heat’ of this recent heat wave, by midday I found myself drawing the curtains across the windows through which I normally welcome the sunlight and the fresh green and white palette of my garden filled with iceberg roses out front.

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Know the implications of your 2016 firearm law

South African gun owners are all abuzz about the changes made by the South African Police Services on the 3rd of February 2016, to the Firearms Control Act (Act 60 0f 200).

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Senwes Grainlink: Your business partner in agriculture

Senwes Grainlink is focused on the complete needs of the client. You can now deliver maize with a moisture content of up to 18% and sunflower seeds with a 12% moisture content, with no aeration costs, at your nearest Senwes silo.

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Senwes Grainlink launches a must-have app for all grain stakeholders

Whether you dabble in the SAFEX (South African Futures Exchange) on the JSE, wheeling and dealing in moving grain commodities across the country or, indeed the world, or whether you’re a consumer of grain products, you need to download the new free Senwes Grainlink App.

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How do I make my hunting rifle more accurate?

A client recently asked me how often one should clean one's hunting rifle. A number of people won't agree with what I am going to say now, but it has been proven over and over by Benchrest shots throughout the world - the cleaner your rifle the better you will shoot.

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Look out for the next Senwes Scenario

In the April/May edition of Senwes Scenario we focus on Nampo, the agricultural industry’s biggest annual show, which celebrates its 50 year anniversary this year. We also have a look at the Huntex exhibition and much, much more.

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The fumigation of grain

Senwes Scenario had a chat to the Chief Fumigator in Klerksdorp, Renier Vermaak, in an attempt to learn more about the fumigation of grain.

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Where there's a will there's a way

A journey to a better quality life. After the recent success of Carel Botma's series of articles in a local newspaper, the Veldbrand, we decided to include Botma's articles in the Senwes Scenario.

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Senwes Grainlink provides more assistance to produces

Senwes Grainlink has announced that there will not be an increase in its handling and aeration costs of sunflower seeds and it will accept seeds with a higher moisture content.

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Help Hinterland and Senwes collect water for drought strickened areas

Hinterland and Senwes have kick-started campaigns to collect drinking water to areas that are affected by the current drought.

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How do I make my hunting rifle more accurate?

I don't know if you are aware of the fact that the wearing of hunting/shooting goggles has become compulsory at all SA Hunter shooting ranges and competitions from 1 January 2016.

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Senwes Scenario's new app and website is here

The new agricultural news app, Scenario Magazine, is ready and waiting for your downloads in the various app stores.

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Kroonstad, a precious stone indeed

You really have to mine deep to find a truly valuable precious stone. This relates beautifully to Kroonstad - this area is undoubtedly a precious stone.

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Game keeps the Crous brothers on track

Game is undoubtedly the focal point in the farming operations of the Crous brothers. These driven brothers are Kobus (49), David (47) and Riaan (43). Their success is due to the fact that they have been farming jointly since 1992 and particularly due to a decision 14 years ago, in 2002, to convert to game farming, which they are now reaping the benefits from.

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No Makietie for Mukhithi

From security to a love for farming. But Phillip Mukhithi just goes from strength to strength with all the effort he puts into farming. Phillip is a truly inspirational developing farmer.

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Meet the new Hinterland MD

Senwes Scenario met up with the newly appointed Managing Director of Hinterland, Daan Bronkhorst.

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Interim results with Francois Strydom

Senwes Scenario had a chat to the Senwes Group Chief Executive, Francois Strydom, regarding the interim results.

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Noodfonds vir droogte by R3miljoen

Bydraes vir Senwes en Agri SA se droogterampfonds stroom in en is sterk op pad na R3 miljoen toe.

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Senwes se Nasie in Gesprek toon merkwaardige groei

Nasie in Gesprek het reeds in 2013 begin met die eerste produksies wat by die Nampo Oesdag as Senwes Toekomsfokus Gespreks-forum afgeskop het. ʼn Afrikaanse insetsel is op die Dagbreek-program uitgesaai.

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First Black Miller puts Ventersburg on the map

At first glance when you meet the owner of South Africa’s first wholly black owned milling plant, Xolani Ndzaba, you immediately realise that his success had to have started a while back already.

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Baie diepte op hierdie Vlakplaas

Op die Vlakplaas, die een net buite Hoopstad, boer die Barnards, met Koos Barnard aan die stuur van sake. Soos jy aangery kom, begroet die rye Honey Locust en dennebome jou wat jou reguit na Vlakplaas neem.

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Droogterampfonds

Die huidige droogte gepaardgaande met hoë temperature is een van die ergste natuurrampe die afgelope 20 jaar.

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Bestuur van menslike hulpbronne en die ontwikkeling van nuwe produsente

Landbou moet as ‘n loopbaan vir die opkomende produsente bemark word. Sonder landbou kan ons nie eet nie. As almal hande vat en saamwerk, lê ‘n blink toekoms voor.

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If the rains do not come soon, South Africa and its consumers will face serious difficulties

Special drought aid fund established to help alleviate the plight of farmers and support the agricultural sector to maintain food security

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