Extension Suite Online® Articles 2015

Factors influencing South Africa’s climate

Factors influencing South Africa's climate: The El Nino Southern Oscillation (ENSO)

17 November 2015
Juanita van Zyl

El Nino, La Nina, and The Southern Oscillation Index (SOI) form part of a climatic cycle called the El Nino Southern Oscillation (ENSO). ENSO describes the fluctuations in temperature between the ocean and the atmosphere in the east and central Pacific Ocean... Read more

Conservation agriculture, reduced tillage, and glyphosate

Conservation agriculture, reduced tillage, and glyphosate

11 November 2015
Dr John Lapham

Over the last several decades the inability of current cropping systems to sustain production has led to the development of conservation agriculture concepts and practices. For example, the breakdown of soil structure (through excessive tillage), poor mineralisation, the build-up of pests and diseases ... Read more

Value Adding of Fresh Produce

Value Adding of Fresh Produce

03 November 2015
Portia Phahlane

Today's farmers work hard to improve their farming livelihood and ensure its sustainability. Farmers have learnt that to grow their enterprises, they needed to move away from producing what they want, to producing what buyers want. Against this backdrop, many farmers now sell fresh produce to markets... Read more

Factors influencing SAs climate

Factors influencing South Africa's climate

27 October 2015
Juanita van Zyl

South Africa lies within a subtropical belt of high pressure causing sunny skies and reduced precipitation. For this reason, South Africa is rated as 27th amongst the driest countries in the world, with a mean annual precipitation of 500mm, compared to the global average of 850mm... Read more

Contribution of Livestock to Food Security

Contribution of Livestock to Food Security

20 October 2015
Zandisiwe Manyathela

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations defines household food security as "access by all household members at all times to adequate, safe and nutritious food for a healthy and productive life"... Read more

Extension officers and agricultural marketing. How can ESO assist?

Extension officers and agricultural marketing. How can ESO assist?

13 October 2015
Portia Maibelo

Farmers are inclined to concentrate more on the production and operational stages of farming, and tend to postpone planning important activities like marketing for the last moment. The result is neglect of the "business" side of farming - often with disastrous effects. The production of agricultural produce requires effort and financial resources. It therefore makes little sense... Read more

Postharvest grain losses storage

Post-harvest grain losses: storage

06 October 2015
Dr John Lapham

Conservative estimates of post-harvest grain losses in Africa range from 10 to 20 percent prior to processing (African Post-harvest Losses Information System, APHLIS). Other sources cite figures as high as 40 percent. Whatever the amount... Read more

Support

Support

30 September 2015
Thapedi Setshedi

While we enjoy the welcome warmer weather and signs of new growth that spring brings forth, the time also marks the start of yet another busy season for farmers. Along with the newest additions to herds and flocks when the calving and lambing season starts, it is also the time that farmers... Read more

The role of ESO in preventing tick-borne diseases

The role of Extension Suite Online® in preventing tick-borne diseases

22 September 2015
Colleen Janse van Rensburg

While we enjoy the welcome warmer weather and signs of new growth that spring brings forth, the time also marks the start of yet another busy season for farmers. Along with the newest additions to herds and flocks when the calving and lambing season starts, it is also the time that farmers... Read more

ESO Community The impact ESO has on the farmers that I work with

The impact Extension Suite Online® has on the farmers that I work with

15 September 2015
Lesego Phakedi

Manstrat measures User ratings on Extension Suite Online® by monitoring utilisation activity in the nine provinces, by attaching a value to visits, pages visited and duration of visits. A rating is then calculated to establish within each province which is the top provincial user. The highest score attained by the nine top provincial users determines the Extension Suite Online® National Top User... Read more

Grazing Capacity

Grazing Capacity

8 September 2015
Juanita van Zyl

Grazing capacity is the grazable portion of a homogeneous unit of vegetation and defined as the area of land required to maintain a single animal unit without the deterioration of the vegetation or soil. To properly manage veld, one needs to balance the stocking rate of various species with the grazing capacity of the veld. When discussing grazing capacity, the term... Read more

Legumes: Their importance and constraints

Legumes: Their importance and constraints

1 September 2015
Dr John Lapham

Legumes are second only to cereal crops (Graminaceae) in their importance to humans. They provide 27% of the world's crop produce; soybeans and groundnuts are the source of 35% of the world's processed vegetable oil. Furthermore, they are also a rich source of dietary protein for the chicken... Read more

ESO-Five-Years-In-Retrospect

Extension Suite Online® User Stats: Five years in retrospect

25 August 2015
Thapedi Setshedi

In mathematics the saying "everything can be represented and understood through numbers" is widely supported. The same applies when providing a five-year overview of Extension Suite Online® user registration statistics... Read more

The correct care of draught animals

The correct care of draught animals

19 August 2015
Zandisiwe Manyathela

Even with modern agriculture, and new farming techniques, animal power remains an important and effective tool for all farmers and society at large. We keep animals for many reasons. These may vary between companionship... Read more

Factors affecting South Africa's climate - Precipitation

Factors affecting South Africa's climate - Precipitation

12 August 2015
Juanita van Zyl

South Africa is rated the 27th driest country in the world with a mean annual precipitation of 500mm compared to the global average of 850mm. Approximately, 66% of South Africa receives an average annual rainfall of less than 500mm, which is the minimum requirement for... Read more

Pest and disease identification: problem solver

Pest and disease identification: problem solver

28 July 2015
Dr John Lapham

One of the several problem solvers on Extension Suite Online® enables the identification of pests and diseases infesting various types of crops. This tool facilitates the identification of specific problems. However, the immediate question, from farmers and extension advisors, is... Read more

Post-harvest handling of fresh produce

Post-harvest handling of fresh produce

28 July 2015
Portia Phahlane

While fruit and vegetables are important to the human diet due to their health benefits, they are also highly perishable and start their deterioration when they are separated from the mother plant. To maintain the quality of produce harvested, requires that post-harvest handling... Read more

Plant varieties and bio-fortification

Plant varieties and bio-fortification

21 July 2015
Sabhinah Ncongwane

A cultivar, or plant variety, is a grouping of identical plants selected for desirable characteristics, and then propagated. The seed is sold commercially to farmers to produce food or other products. The term "cultivar" is an abbreviation of "cultivated variety". A variety is distinct ... Read more

49th Annual Conference of South Africa Society of Agricultural Extension (SASAE)

49th Annual Conference of South Africa Society of Agricultural Extension (SASAE)

14 July 2015
Portia Phahlane

SASAE is the professional body for agricultural extension practitioners, and its mission is to promote science and vocation of Agricultural Extension, through its members. Every year SASAE members have the opportunity to share research publications, hold discussions and... Read more

Top users of Extension Suite Online

Top users of Extension Suite Online®

07 July 2015
Jeanne-Louise Bekker

Each and every agricultural extension advisor in South Africa plays an important role in the process of establishing a well-grounded sustainable future for the people of the country. Whether working with small scale, backyard, or large scale farmers, every advisor makes a difference. At the core of... Read more

Infrastructure data on ESO – What does it do?

Infrastructure data on Extension Suite Online® - What does it do?

30 June 2015
Daphney Bakgoeng

Agricultural Infrastructure Data plays an important role in the success of agricultural activities. Data, for this reason, needs to be accurate, accessible, relevant, and properly maintained. The twenty-two sets of agricultural infrastructure data on Extension Suite Online® is collected... Read more

Factors affecting South Africa's climate

Factors affecting South Africa's climate

23 June 2015
Juanita van Zyl

Temperature plays an important role in photosynthesis. Photosynthesis is the chemical process where sunlight changes carbon dioxide into sugars used by plant cells as energy. The photosynthesis process increases slowly from 5°C to an optimum when leaf temperature reaches 30-35°C... Read more

Support@esuite

Support@esuite

17 June 2015
Thapedi Setshedi

The Client Support Desk at Manstrat Agricultural Intelligence Solutions (MAIS) is a department of the Manstrat Information Centre in the Manstrat Data Research and Maintenance Division (DRM). The primary task of the Support Desk is the provision of support to users of the company's agricultural decision support system - Extension Suite Online®.... Read more

Keeping animals healthy this winter

Keeping animals healthy this winter

09 June 2015
Colleen Janse van Rensburg

Keeping animals healthy is a year-round effort with each season adding new challenges. Farmers need to attend constantly to their animals' needs to ensure they stay in the best possible condition right throughout the year. While the prevalence of most insect and tick-borne diseases show a peak in the autumn months, farmers should be aware that the colder months also... Read more

The Digital Agricultural Community

The Digital Agricultural Community

02 June 2015
Thapedi Setshedi

The Extension Suite Online® user community embodies a range of significant players in the agricultural production and advisory sphere. These players contribute immensely through various specialised advisory and decision support roles they offer to the recipients of their services. This User community on ESO is functioning throughout... Read more

Winter-feed preparation for ruminants

Winter-feed preparation for ruminants

26 May 2015
Zandisiwe Manyathela and Colleen Janse van Rensburg

Cold temperatures accompany winter in most areas of South Africa. The question is how farmers can keep their animals healthy, productive and comfortable in winter. Just like human bodies, livestock nutrient requirements change when temperature changes and it is, therefore, important for farmers to prepare in advance for the winter... Read more

Environmental Data - Biomes

Environmental Data - Biomes

19 May 2015
Juanita van Zyl

We define Biomes as areas with specific climatic conditions to which vegetation communities adapt. A biome, therefore, is a large area of land characterized by uniformity in the general vegetation. There are different ways to classify biomes, and South Africa is divided... Read more

Urban animal production

Urban animal production

30 April 2015
Colleen Janse van Rensburg

Livestock has always been an important source of food, and in South Africa also often used for ceremonial and draught purposes. The keeping of livestock in urban and peri-urban (city outskirts) areas is rather common, with increasing amounts of people moving into urban areas... Read more

Proposed new technologies

Proposed new technologies

23 April 2015
Dr John Lapham

Mobile devices such as Smartphones, Tablets or Notebooks with internet connectivity enable farmers to obtain a wealth of agricultural information. Currently, this is done by extension experts who use Extension Suite Online®, interpret and pass the information to farmers. Much of this information has traditionally been of... Read more

Towards an intelligent knowledge base

Towards an intelligent knowledge base

15 April 2015
Dr Roelof de Villiers

Extension Suite Online® is an integrated agricultural production and extension support knowledge base. Not only does the system host a plethora of production related information, but it also provides facilities to collect additional information from experts and users alike, allowing... Read more

The correct administration of animal health products

The correct administration of animal health products

08 April 2015
Zandy Manyathela

In order to promote general health in livestock herds, health products are routinely administered to animals in order to treat or prevent sickness. It is important that procedures are executed correctly to reduce chances of injuries and to prevent infection. The incorrect application... Read more

Manstrat-information-centre

The Manstrat information center

31 March 2015
Dr Roelof de Villiers

Manstrat not only develop and maintain the Extension Suite Online® software, but also provide maintenance and support services to our clients. Extension Suite Online® is therefore, a-well-supported Decision Support System containing information that... Read more

Agricultural Engineering on ESO

Agricultural Engineering on ESO

24 March 2015
Dr. John Lapham

Agricultural engineering is the application of engineering principles to agricultural production and processing. It involves the technologies and equipment involved in crop and animal production, processing of food and non-food products. More recently agricultural and bio-resource... Read more

The ESO plant health problem solvers

The ESO plant health problem solvers

17 March 2015
Vic Victor

Losses in crop production through insects, diseases, and weed problems can be significant. To avoid or reduce these losses requires immediate action; the "Plant Health" problem solvers developed and displayed on Extension Suite Online®, assist... Read more

Using ESO to plan a broiler production enterprise

Using ESO to plan a broiler production enterprise

10 March 2015
Zandisiwe Manyathela

The broiler industry in South Africa has rapidly changed during the past couple of years and has become a highly competitive and technically based business. The unique structure of poultry farming, its long-term investment and the ever increasing demand of white meat as... Read more

The value of related articles and extension guides on Extension Suite Online®

The value of related articles and extension guides on Extension Suite Online®

02 March 2015
Zandisiwe Manyathela

For research to be complete and scientifically correct, there have to be supporting documents providing detailed information on the subject to serve as references. Extension Suite Online® offers related articles and extension guides for each content page that... Read more

The benefits of environmental data in Extension Suite Online®

The benefits of environmental data in Extension Suite Online®

24 February 2015
Pretty Duma

Regional Data on Extension Suite Online® consists of Agricultural Infrastructure Data and Environmental Data. Information regarding the agricultural environment is most important to farmers, and the Environmental Module on Extension Suite Online® provides a... Read more

Four steps to compiling successful research from ESO

Four steps to compiling successful research from Extension Suite Online® - Part2

17 February 2015
Jantus van der Linden

In this, the second article of the two-part series (the first article appeared in Edition No 40 - March 2013), we will be looking at the next Steps (3 & 4) of Compiling research from Extension Suite Online®... Read more

Four steps to compiling successful research from ESO

Four steps to compiling successful research from Extension Suite Online® - Part 1

10 February 2015
Jantus van der Linden

This two-part series provides tips towards undertaking successful research on Extension Suite Online®. For demonstration purposes, it is assumed that the research is undertaken by an Extension Officer and aimed at finding information and solutions on how farmers can deal with common diseases found on their tomato crop.... Read more

An African development team

An African Development Team

03 February 2015
Dr Roelof de Villiers

A university Professor once asked me where we bought the core of Extension Suite Online®, and to his surprise, the answer was - "we developed it ourselves". What about the knowledge base and intelligent search engine, answer - "we developed it... Read more

Additional animals on ESO

Additional animals on Extension Suite Online®

19 January 2015
Colleen Janse van Rensburg

Livestock farming comprises the farming of a number of different types of animals. The most common animals kept for commercial purposes are cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, chickens and ostriches - many different animals for many various reasons... Read more

Archive

 

2016
2015
2014

Social Media