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ABBREVIATION EXPLANATION

There is an explanation in the Launch article.

Jaff – This is an acronym for Just Another Fantastic Farmer. Devised to protect the identity of our farmers, for various reasons. Jaff 1

ALTERNATE INCOME STREAMS IN SAME OPERATION

Bananas – Jaff 7

Citrus – Jaff 2, Jaff 4, Jaff 5, Jaffd

Essential Oils – Jaff 1

Guavas – Jaff 4

Mangoes – Jaff 5

Sugar Cane – Jaff 5, Jaff 7

Timber – Jaff 7

Veg – Jaff 5

ALTITUDE

150m – Jaff 7

250m – Jaff 5

600m –  Jaff 1Jaff 2

840m –  Jaff 3Jaff 4

850 to 950m – Jaffd

AWARDS

2018 National Grower of the Year (Mayomacs) – Jaff 4

CLIMATE

Ideal for macs – Jaff 2

CROSS-POLLINATION

Jaffd

CULTIVARS

A4 – (Grown by All Jaffs 1 to 7) Jaff 1, Jaff 2, Jaff 3, Jaff 4, Jaff 5, Jaffd, Jaff 7

A16 – Jaff 1, Jaff 7

Beaumont – (Grown by All Jaffs 1 to 7) Jaff 1, Jaff 2, Jaff 3, Jaff 4, Jaff 5, Jaffd, Jaff 7

Nelmak 2 – Jaff 1, Jaff 2, Jaff 4, Jaff 5, Jaffd

344 – Jaff 1

741 – Jaff 5, Jaff 1

788 – Jaff 1, Jaff 7

791 – Jaff 7

814 – Jaff 1, Jaff 5, Jaff 7

816 – Jaff 1, Jaff 2, Jaff 4, Jaff 5, Jaffd, Jaff 7

842 – Jaff 1, Jaff 5

849 – Jaff 3, Jaff 5

863 – Jaff 1

DISEASES

Phytophtera – Jaff 1, Jaff 2, Jaff 3

EQUIPMENT

Advertiser – Bell, Mascor

Mulching – Jaff 3

Organic matter applicator (purpose-built) – Jaff 7

Precision Farming – Jaff 1

ESTABLISHMENT

Cane fields (macs going into old cane fields) – Jaff 7

Costs – Jaff 7

Drainage – Jaff 3

Planning – Jaff 1

Planting – Jaff 5, Jaff 7

Ridging – Jaffd, Jaff 2

Seedlings – Jaff 1, Jaff 5, Jaff 7 (See more specifics under SEEDLINGS)

Spacing – Jaff 1, Jaff 4, Jaffd

Staking – Jaff 3, Jaff 4

Windbreaks – Jaff 7

FERTILISERS

Advertisers – Kynoch, Abacus

Chicken Litter – Jaff 7

CMS – Jaff 7

Cost vs Return – Jaff 4

Fertigation (for) – Jaff 3

Fertigation (against) – Jaff 7

Hand Application – Jaff 3

Manipulation of / withholding fertilisers – Jaff 7, Jaffd

Organic – Jaff 1, Jaff 7

Precision Farming – Jaff 1

Young trees – Jaff 3

FOLIAR SPRAYS

Advertiser – Photon

Stress reliever – Jaffd

General – Jaffd, Jaff 4, Jaff 3, Jaff 2, Jaff 1

GLOBAL GAP

Jaff 5

HARVEST

Ethapon – Jaff 1, Jaff 2, Jaff 3, Jaffd, Jaff 7

In-field scale (no crates) – Jaff 3

Staggered harvest – Jaff 7

Stripping tool (Manual) – Jaff 1

INTERNATIONAL INSIGHTS

Australia – Jaff 7, Jaff 3

Mozambique – Jaff 7

Zambia – Jaff 7

INTERROW MANAGEMENT

Crops interrow (oats) – Jaff 7

Crops interrow (essential oils) – Jaff 1

Mulching prunings – Jaff 3, Jaff 4, Jaff 7

Ripping – Jaff 4

Sheep (used to mow) – Jaff 7

LOCATION

Empangeni – Jaff 7

Malelane – Jaff 5

Nelspruit – Jaffd, Jaff 4, Jaff 3, Jaff 2

Oribi, South Coast, KZN – Jaff 1

MARKET

Launch

NOVEMBER DUMP

Jaff 7

OCCULATING (grafting new wood on to existing/old root stock)

Jaff 5

PAINTING

Jaff 2, Jaff 5

PESTS

Advertiser – Coragen

Drench – Jaff 7

False Coddling Moth – Jaff 5

General Advice – Jaff 2

Hot sauce (for wildlife) – Jaff 1

Macadamia Felted Coccid – Jaff 5

Nut borer – Jaff 3

Peacocks (used to manage pests) – Jaff 4

Scouting (superseding set spray programme) – Jaff 5, Jaff 4, Jaff 3

Scouting and spraying synergising – Jaff 1

Spray programme (superseding scouting) – Jaff 7

Stink bug: Early – Jaff 7, Jaffd, Jaff 3

Thrips – Jaff 7, Jaffd

PROCESSING

Dehusking – A4 stickiness – Jaff 3

Drying – off-grid boiler-powered – Jaff 3

Quality assessment of nuts by processors – Jaff 2

Sampling – Jaff 2

Sorting – table – Jaff 2

Sorting – Water bath – Jaff 4, Jaff 7, Jaff 2, Jaff 3

PRUNING

Jaff 1, Jaff 3, Jaff 7

Aggressive – Jaff 5

Guidelines – Jaff 1, Jaff 2

Low skirts – Jaff 3, Jaff 4

Manipulation of young tree branches – Jaff 7, Jaff 1

Maximising young wood – Jaff 3

More than once a year – Jaff 1

ROOTS

Keep them up – Jaff 7

Osmosis – Jaff 4

SAMPLING

Leaf – Jaff 3, Jaffd

Soil – Jaffd, Jaff 3, Jaff 2

SEEDLINGS

Jaff 1, Jaff 5, Jaff 7

Own Nursery – Jaff 1, Jaff 4

Quality – Jaff 3, Jaffd, Jaff 2

Staking – Jaff 3, Jaff 4

Stem protection – Jaff 2

Weather protection – Jaff 2

SOILS

Analysis & Testing – Jaffd, Jaff 3, Jaff 2

Deep Reds – Jaff 4

Erosion (prevention of interrow damage) – Jaff 7

Focus (on feeding soil rather than trees) – Jaff 7, Jaffd

Microbes – Jaffd

Organic matter (importance of) – Jaff 3, Jaff 7, Jaff 2, Jaff 1

Profiles / structure – Jaffd

Ridging – Jaffd, Jaff 2

Sandy – Jaff 1, Jaff 7

SUGAR FARMERS WHO DIVERSIFIED INTO MACS

Johnstones, Roy Sharma, Grant Taylor, Goble Estates, Jaff 7, Jaff 5Jaff 1

TRANSPLANTING

Jaff 4, Jaff 7

VARIETIES (see CULTIVARS)

WIND

Windburn on 814 – Jaff 7

Windbreaks – Jaff 7