Exploring SA’s unique Winescape

first_img7 April 2004Winescape is a new quarterly magazine that aims to entice international visitors to the country’s winelands by capturing – in stories and photographs by top travel journalists – the unique flavour of wine travel in South Africa.The quarterly publication seeks “to capture the flavour of wine travel in South Africa, to make coming here an irresistible option”, said Judy Brower, the advertising director of the magazine. “It is a showcase of our winelands and our wines, of our restaurants and cafes, our hotels and bed and breakfasts, for all ages and all incomes.”Winescape will be distributed internationally by Wines of South Africa (WOSA).The publication features superb pictures by photographers such as Graeme Robinson, Geoff Spiby, Alain Proust, Keith Phillips, Craig Foster and Emma Borg. The text is courtesy of editor and travel editor Lesley Beake, food editor Jos Baker and wine editor Neil Pendock.“Wine is one of our fastest-growing exports and is a nugget of excellence in our agricultural economy”, Proudly South African chief executive Martin Feinstein said at the launch in Constantia, Cape Town last month. “This liquid gold creates jobs, grows our economy and attracts tourists.“Winescape is an important new publication because it will highlight quality in the industry and direct visitors and locals alike to our estates and the many tourist attractions around them.”Winescape will release 10 000 copies through WOSA offices in the UK, US, Canada, Sweden, The Netherlands, Germany and Japan, and at international wine shows.Virgin Wines will send 15 000 copies out to their customers in the UK, while a further 5 000 will be available locally through selected tourism offices, hotels and subscriptions.The publication is a joint venture between Lesley Beake and Judy Brower, both of whom have been involved in promoting South African wine for the past eight years.For more information and subscriptions, visit Winescape.Source: Proudly South Africanlast_img read more

Precision Planting launched three new products

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Precision Planting, LLC announced the launch of three new products.The new products launched include the 20|20 monitor, which provides an advanced agronomic picture, allowing farmers to optimize planting, harvest and application decisions with a smart, intuitive interface that visualizes performance and field conditions in real time. The 20|20 monitor powers the most agronomic-advanced systems on the market that control population, down force, liquid application, multi-hybrid planting and higher-speed planting, all while sensing the furrow. The 20|20 monitor also helps collect the most spatially accurate yield data available and provides information for setting the planter to maximize ear count. This allows farmers to not only have the accurate data to make those crucial decisions but also gives them the equipment and powerful automation to make decisions during each pass through the field.The new SeederForce is the first step toward bringing Precision Planting technology into the air-seeder market. Compatible with John Deere 60- and 90-Series Air Seeders, SeederForce is an automated downforce control system that initially measures the amount of weight present on the gauge wheels of the row unit and compares that to the target set by the farmer on the 20|20 display. SeederForce then automatically changes the hydraulic pressure present on the rockshaft cylinder to increase or decrease the row unit down force to maintain the target weight set by the operator, resulting in a more consistent seeding depth and more uniform emergence of the crop.For switching between hybrids when crossing into different zones, the new mSet allows for two hybrids to be planted in the field using a single meter with a dual compartment hopper and a seed selector. The seed selector fills the vSet meter with a small pool of the hybrid being planted, and when it’s time to plant the other hybrid, it fills the meter with the second hybrid from the other section of the hopper. Transitions happen quickly thanks to a seed pool level sensor that tells the seed selector when more seed is needed. mSet is compatible with both seed tubes as well as SpeedTube for maximizing acres per hour and gaining profitability from multi-hybrid planting.last_img read more