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On 15 February 2024 we hosted our 2nd Technical Discussion, this time in Nelspruit, at LVCC (Lowveld Country Club). In the agricultural sector well-informed, objective discussions are rare. Labserve acknowledges the significance of fostering such dialogues and is committed to openly sharing our knowledge, as...

SOIL SAMPLING In order to correctly manage the amount of fertiliser applied to a crop for an optimal yield, an accurate analysis of the amount of nutrients already available in the soil is required. Sampling error is often the most significant source of error that affects...

It makes sense for producers to seek and maintain soil health.  Let's explore how. By Pieter Raath (CRI) and Larne Auerswald (Labserve) • Published in the SA Fruit Journal OCT / NOV 2023 The UN Agency's Intergovernmental Technical Group on Soils (ITPS) defined healthy soil as “the...

On 21 September 2023 we had a fantastic turn out at our Labserve Mycro Stellenbosch branch for a technical discussion. In the agricultural sector well-informed, objective discussions are rare. Labserve acknowledges the significance of fostering such dialogues and is committed to openly sharing our knowledge,...

Pieter Raath & Coenraad Fraenkel In addition to the negative publicity that the agricultural sector faces regarding the detrimental impact of unnecessary fertilisation on the environment, the cost of fertilisers is forcing producers to pursue ways to reduce fertilisation inputs. A proper balance between unreasonably conservative...

In citrus new vegetative shoots provide the bearing positions from which flowers develop in spring. These new vegetative shoots are strong sinks for carbohydrate supply from both mature leaves and reserve carbohydrates from the previous season. One could expect that citrus trees should be able...

by Pieter Raath (CRI) and Tariena Nel (Labserve) In the light of decreasing availability and quality of water used for irrigation of citrus in many regions of South Africa, producers are compelled to investigate the possibility of using new water sources, i.e., groundwater or wastewater. However,...

Both sulphur (S) and boron (B) are essential plant nutrients. Sulphur is a macro-nutrient of which roughly about 30 kg/ha is utilized by orchards, while B is a micro-nutrient and only about 120 g/ha is annually taken up by trees. For inexplicable reasons, many producers...