Assisting the Eksteenskuil community with farm training and technology transfer trials in order to succeed with viticulture

Project Number
WW 18-21

Project title
Assisting the Eksteenskuil community with farm training and technology transfer trials in order to succeed with viticulture

Project leader
Van Schalkwyk, D

Team members
Verster, A
Daniels, E

Project description
History was made when the Eksteenskuil community donated 0,45 ha land to ARC Infruitec-Nietvoorbij, to establish an on-farm trial plot. The Institute has access to this demonstration plot for a ten-year period, for use as an experiment farm.

The vines planted during the previous year grew exceptionally well and in most instances, already developed onto the trellis system. Several vines were however influenced by the growth arrestment phenomenon (0,5 %).

During April 2000 the second Farmers’ Day was presented in the Town Hall in Keimoes and was attended by 96 people coming from as far as Groblershoop, Bloemsmond, Curries Camp and Eksteenskuil. At the Farmers’ Day the aims and objectives of the Eksteenskuil demonstration plot was one of the subjects on the programme. During the November Farmers’ Day, attended by 70 farmers the emphasis was on organic production methods as well as the use of organic fertilisers in the production of grapes.

Farmers were given the opportunity to visit the demonstration vineyard and discuss the plot with representatives of the group involved with the project.

Van Schoor, L, Myburgh, P, Uys, T, Laubscher, L, Albertse, G, Van Zyl Smit, D and Brink, K. 1998. Farmers’ day at Eksteenskuil. 24 June.

Albertse, G and Brink, K. 1999. Mini Farmers’ Day, Eksteenskuil, 24 August

Albertse G, Myburgh, P, Fourie, J and O’Connell, R. 2000. Farmers’ Day, Keimoes, 6 April

Raath, P, Brink, K, Laubscher, L, Malan, D and Weyers, N. 2000. Information Day, Sandeiland, 15 November

Albertse, G, Laubscher, L, Malan, D, Weyers, N and Brink, K. 2001. Farmers’ Day at Sandeiland. 28 June.

Van Schalkwyk, D, Raath, P, Malan, D, Weyers, N and Brink, K. 2002. Eksteenskuil Fertilisation and Pruning Workshop, 4 July

Myburgh, P, Diedericks, B, Fourie, J, Le Roux, P and Malan, D. 2002. Farmers’ Day, Eksteenskuil, 7 October

Van Schalkwyk, D, Coetzee, F, Wolfaardt, G, Weyers, N, Schmidt, A, Malan, D and Brink, K. 2003. Sandeiland Winter Workshop, 17 July

Van Schalkwyk, D, Gerber, H, Volschenk, N, Klindt, C, Allsopp, E and Vermeulen, A. 2003. Farmers’ Day at Sandeiland, 13 November

Beukes, O. 2004. Business management skill training. 5-16 July

Van Schalkwyk, D, Fourie, J, Wolmarans, W and Erasmus, P. 2004. Farmers’ Day at Eksteenskuil. 28 October

Laubscher, L, Baard, C and Malan, D. 2005. Eksteenskuil Union’s Farmers’ Day, Eksteeenskuil, 10 March

Tromp, A, Van Schoor, L and Allsopp, E. 2005. IPW cource Eksteenskuil. 22 June.

Malan, D, Steenkamp, J and Van Schalkwyk, D. 2005. Eksteenskuil Farmers’ Day. 2 November.

Cruywagen, H, Barkhuysen, L, Van Wyk, G, Malan, D and Allsopp, E. 2006. Workshop at Sandeiland. 20 June.

Volschenk, N, Van Schalkwyk, D, Le Grange, E, Conradie, H and Van Schalkwyk, M. 2006. Farmers’ Day at Upington Research Station, Upington, 23 November

Van Rensburg, N, Avenant, J, Laubscher, L, Volschenk, T, Van Schalkwyk, D and Schmidt, A. 2007. Workshop at Sandeiland.

Van Schalkwyk, D, Wiese, J, Fourie, J, Martin, G, Brink, A and Allsopp, E. 2007. Eksteenskuil Farmers’ Day, Eksteenskuil, 27 November

Martin, G and Van Schalkwyk, D. 2008. Workshop at Sandeiland, Sandeiland, 5 November

Volschenk, N, Daniels, A, Avenant, J and Laubscher, L. 2008. Farmers’ Day at Upington Research Farm and SADOR, Upington, 4 December,

Van Schalkwyk, D. 2003. Snoeiwerkswinkel en boeredag gehou by Eksteenskuil, WineLand, Mnth May (p. 78-79)

Van Schalkwyk, D. 2006. LNR Infruitec-Nietvoorbij bied IPW-kursus aan vir Eksteenskuil-boere, WineLand, Mnth Mar (199) (p. 61)


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