The year 2015 has been declared as the "Year of Soils" by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization.
Droughts are not uncommon in Southern Africa and farmers have developed a number of strategies to mitigate their effects and increase the chance of harvesting an economic yield.
A plant’s needs for water and nutrients are interdependent. Water is not only required for plant growth, but it is also the medium through which nutrients are absorbed by roots and transported through the plant.
Precision farming is currently regarded as the most promising agronomic approach to improve sustainable crop production.
Mother Nature has yet again dealt South African agriculture a severe dry hand. In some central areas it is the fourth season of below average rainfall.