Charl Botha is a livestock farmer near Britstown, South Africa. He farms 35,000 ha with 8,000 ewes and 200 cattle. He uses fieldmargin to record rainfall and monitor animal locations to track data and help manage the severe drought conditions. “We are currently struggling with a seven year drought, so sheep get moved from field to field a lot. I use fieldmargin to keep track of where all my sheep are and when they where moved between fields.”
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Daniel Jacobs is a commercial farmer of corn (mielies), sunflower and cover crops in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is in the process of migrating his farming technique from “no-till” farming to incorporate more regenerative farming practices. In addition, he is also commercially farms with a number of cattle breeds, such Santa Gertrudes, Bonsmara and Nguni … Continue reading “The app that farmers have been waiting for” Daniel Jacobs, commercial farmer of corn, sunflower and cover crops in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Daniel Ordonez runs a 3rd generation organic banana plantation in Ecuador. Daniel has started a company called Agrodata which offers management and practical advise to banana farmers in Machala. Daniel has been using fieldmargin to manage the precision mapping data and to share information with farm stakeholders. As the demand for organic bananas is going up (source) and all the materials and treatments used are organic … Continue reading Monitoring performance down to the plant in organic bananas results in $1395 – $2790 increased income per year per ha.
Drew Pfitzner and his dad Michael Pfitzner manage a mixed arable farm in New South Wales, Australia. They are very interested in agri-tech; using yield maps, variable rate fertilizer and seed applications. For the last year they have used fieldmargin for mapping locations of weeds as part of their defence strategy against feathertop Rhodes grass. Feathertop Rhodes grass is a tufted annual grass … Continue reading Gaining control over feather top rhodes grass in New South Wales, Australia
Rob Boole is a crop spraying contractor and agronomist based in North Wiltshire. His company, Boole Crop Specialists Ltd, supplies and applies agricultural chemicals and fertilisers. Rob works on over 350 farms and manages the logistics of both his own team and contract workers. He discovered fieldmargin over a year ago and instantly saw its potential as … Continue reading From 10 ringbinders of maps to one app: how a contractor has streamlined their work with fieldmargin
Paul Vergara is Chief Farm Operations Officer at La Donna Fruit Company in Panama. He manages over 160 ha of land including Pineapple production, natural forests, and lakes. Paul has a team of 50 people including two people monitoring the agronomy of the highly valuable crop. Pineapples are Panama's second most exported product, only behind … Continue reading Attention to detail is key for high quality and yields in pineapples
John Twyford redirected his career from business information consulting to organic farming 10 years ago. He holds an MSc in Organic Framing, is currently an MBA student at Royal Agricultural University and has been using fieldmargin to support his crop monitoring project. While not part of his studies, John feels that precision agriculture has a … Continue reading Understanding the impact of soil health on crop performance with maps and observations
Willem Crause is the Property Manager at Sondela Nature Reserve in Limpopo, South Africa. The self-contained nature reserve contains a Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, Spa, outdoor activities and different accommodation types. Over the past three months, Willem has been using fieldmargin along with his team to keep track of maintenance jobs as well as farming tasks … Continue reading Not just for farming! Using fieldmargin to manage Sondela Nature Reserve in South Africa
Eric Perner runs a holistically managed cattle ranch in Tulsa, Oklahoma USA. The ranch is a Hub for the Savory Institute, a global community of ranch owners working together to advance regenerative agriculture. Eric has used fieldmargin to lay out each grazing paddock and help develop his grazing plan optimise usage of available biomass. He has also used the … Continue reading Using fieldmargin to design grazing plans at a holistic cattle ranch in Tulsa, Oklahoma
Wayne Adams farms at the Green life Sanctuary, a family run smallholding in South Africa near Johannesburg. They grow a wide range of vegetables organically following IFOAM organic standards which they sell at the local market and a few retailers. He says his customers really appreciate the diversity and quality of his produce. Wayne uses fieldmargin to map … Continue reading Using fieldmargin to organise smallholder organic farming in South Africa