AGRICULTURE NEWS - Ask any farmer about planting wheat in the western Free State and you’ll be told that it was an important crop there in the past, but has virtually disappeared from the area in more recent years.
This, it seems, is changing.
Heinrich Botha joined his father, Anton, on the family farm in Bultfontein nearly a decade ago. He says that although they have planted some wheat under irrigation every year, they have not planted dryland wheat since he started farming full-time.
Due to the late rainfall during the 2018/2019 summer, the Bothas have joined a growing number of farmers in their district who are planting dryland wheat.