Bruce Gilson manages Tierhoek Organic Farm in the Noree Valley – not too far from Robertson in the Western Cape. The farm has around 40 ha in production, with the remainder of the 1660 hectares being wild mountain. Bruce has been using fieldmargin on his operation since 2020. Tierhoek Farm has been organic since 2000, … Continue reading How keeping maps and field diaries in one place has given Tierhoek Organic Farm a new sense of unity
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Gavin Flowers works on Oakleigh farm in the KwaZulu-Natal midland in South Africa, close to Mooiriver. The farm is kept busy producing between 3500 - 5000 mini round bales (approx 2 square bales per mini round) a season. Last season Gavin was able to use fieldmargin to track field notes, harvesting dates, and record yields of … Continue reading How record keeping with fieldmargin mobile app has helped hay bale production in the KwaZulu-Natal midland’s, South Africa
This month at fieldmargin we have been talking to our users who run horse stables about how they plan track systems for grazing. Track systems for horses are gaining popularity due to the health benefits for the horses and also the ability to keep a much higher stocking density without wrecking the land. A … Continue reading What is a track system for horses?
Andre Christie-Smith farms on 4700 ha in Kleiheuwel, situated near L’Agulhas in the Western Cape’s Overberg region. Kleiheuwel Trust is one of the oldest Merino farms in South Africa and produces high quality fine wool in a sustainable and ethically responsible way. The farm is non-mulesed and RWS (Responsible Wool Standard) certified, running between 4500 and … Continue reading “The more I use fieldmargin, the more I want to use it”: how Andre Christie-Smith keeps RWS certification records with fieldmargin”
The Kitzretter project in Waldeck-Frankenberg, Germany is saving many baby deer from an early death and using fieldmargin to help co-ordinate their work. Every year tens of thousands of fawns are inadvertently killed by harvesting equipment while they're hiding in tall grass. The problem is that the deer often hide their fawns in tall fields … Continue reading Using fieldmargin to protect young deer from combine harvesters
Scented flowers from Scilly have cheered up homes for many generations with their early spring colour and beautiful scents. Our user Mike Brown has a Narcissi farm, Sunnyside, on the Isles of Scilly. He works over 35 acres and produces over 25 different types of flowers. Flower farming is the 2nd largest industry on the islands after … Continue reading Blooming marvellous! Growing scented flowers on the Isles of Scilly
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.”
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