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Taking Care of your Frost-Damaged Trees – Dr. Theunis Smit

With the rapid expansion of the macadamia industry into sometimes more marginal areas, this year’s winter has proven to be rather challenging for most macadamia growers. Not only have growers reported a large number of small trees dying but there have also been some reports on the death of mature macadamia trees. Macadamias, being subtropical [...]

Irrigation and Water Management During Flowering

By Theunis Smit, White River Macadamias, and many other fruit trees tend to flower in spring, a season which is characterized by moderate temperatures, varying degrees of wind and more often than not a significant lack in rainfall.  Not only is rain scarce during spring, it is also the driest part of the year considering [...]

How a Barberton Farmer Caught Macadamia Thieves Red-Handed

How one Barberton farmer stalked a gang of nut thieves over three months until he caught them red-handed and made an arrest for theft - with cunning and a shotgun. To protect his identity we will call this hero farmer "Tom" and refer to the arrested thief as "Jerry". Tom farms a hundred plus hectares [...]

How biochar helps improve your soil’s ecosystem

The Role of Biochar in the Soil: The role of biochar in the soil is electron transfer and adhering to a coating of materials that help it capture and exchange nutrients. See this article explaining what co-composting does to biochar. Nearly all of the benefits of biochar in the soil come from the coating of [...]