Our Blog - Radium Engineering

Blog Articles

Total Mixed Ration vs. Pasture

Total Mixed Ration or Pasture feeding? Deciding on the best method of cattle feeding will have long-term effects on your farm’s profitability. It’s important to go with the most effective option for your farm early. Two of the most prominent feeding systems are the Total Mixed Ration (TMR) and pasture, which have many differences. Here’s…

Soil Fertility Good Practices to Adopt

10 Soil Fertility Good Practices to Adopt Plant growth and the optimisation of crop yields are wholly dependent on good soil fertility. A soil’s fertility levels can easily deteriorate if the correct practices and intervention measures aren’t adopted swiftly. To prevent poor soil fertility and major production losses, here are a few practices to incorporate….

How does tillage influence soil?

How tillage influences soil (corn, soya, wheat, other row crops) From its early origins using sticks or metal jabs, through to animal-drawn ploughs and now powerful equipment, tillage has been instrumental in agricultural development through the ages. At its most basic, tillage is the turning of soil as a way to control weeds and pests,…

Introducing the NEW Radium Engineering Logo

Since its inception in 1976, Radium Engineering has sought to be the best supplier of its products in the southern African agricultural market, in terms of appearance (construction, welding, paintwork and finish), design (cosmetics, ergonomics and appeal), function (effectiveness, ease of use, maintenance and longevity) and after-sales service. We are a family-run business, and because…

Sowing the Seeds of Success at Radium Engineering: An interview with new COO; Jaco Orsmond

From mechanical engineer to COO of one of the most reputable agricultural equipment manufacturers in Africa, Jaco Orsmond has truly walked the walk before talking the talk. A young and dynamic character with vast experience traversing the soil of Africa and the US, this COO is no ordinary executive. We had the great opportunity to…

7 Questions for your agricultural equipment supplier

Questions to ask your agricultural equipment supplier Buying new agricultural equipment is a major investment and, like any good investment, you want to continue to profit from it down the line with as few hassles as possible. This means that, in addition to performing your own research of the equipment types on the market, you…

All you need to know about NAMPO 2017

If you are in the South African agricultural community and have not attended or heard about NAMPO, then you’ve come to the right place. Here is everything you will need to know about this exciting agricultural trade show and all the reasons you should attend.  What is NAMPO? The NAMPO Agricultural Trade Show is a…

NAMPO Harvest Day 2017 South African agricultural products

   This year’s NAMPO Harvest Day is set to attract record numbers of visitors to the Bothaville, Free State venue from 16 to 19 May 2017, with leaders in the agricultural sector demonstrating the latest in products and services. From strength to strength Organised by Grain SA, the four-day exhibition last year attracted an unmatched…

Organic Farming and Its Impact

There is a massive move towards buying and selling organically-grown meat and produce. Global awareness and concern has escalated around what is going into our food. South Africa’s agricultural industry has been caught up in the organic farming movement, becoming one of the fastest growing segments in the local food sector. This growth is projected…

How accurately are you spreading fertiliser?

Research exploring the impact of fertiliser spread has uncovered that correct usage, taking nitrogen levels, spread pattern, soil types and season into account, is linked to higher crop yields and economic returns. Research undertaken by Roesner Pty Ltd in collaboration with CSIRO Ecosystem Sciences was used to develop a computer-based tool to analyse the impact…

6 Reasons to Invest in New Agricultural Equipment

Reliable agricultural equipment not only increases a farm’s annual yield, but goes a long way in easing the stress that comes with such a temperamental industry. However, new agricultural equipment does not come cheap. Often a farmer’s biggest decision will come down to whether the agricultural equipment being used can be repaired, or whether it’s…

Agricultural Predictions for 2017

Growth and development within the agricultural sector are at the forefront of human sustainability. The UK Food and Agriculture Association estimates that the world population will increase by a massive 47% bringing the total to 8.9 billion people by 2050. To produce sufficient food to meet this demand requires the doubling of global agriculture in…

2016 in Agriculture: Looking back at the best and worst

This year has seen real highs and real lows in the industry. While the agricultural industry has been under severe strain following two successive droughts in both 2015 and 2016, seeing the catastrophic damage to livestock and crops, there has been unprecedented support by the government and private sector to curb the masses losses faced…

The Benefits Of A Family Business

In each family business, there is a patriarch or matriarch who started the company, persevered, worked hard, and transformed it into a business successful enough that it perseveres through generations. John Roest is Radium Engineering’s patriarch. Radium took root on John’s farm in 1965, when he built a cattle scale that would meet his unique…

4 technological agricultural trends across the globe worth watching

Advancement in technology is always accompanied by innovative ideas and exciting new discoveries, and the agricultural industry is no different to any other sector. Farming technology is evolving, as seen in the design and manufacturing of tractors and equipment. Modern computing methods enable farmers to monitor, control, and maximise crop yield. With so many promising…

Radium engineers talk machines

Radium Engineering provides a range of equipment aimed at giving the agricultural and farming sectors the best farming equipment on the market. Radium’s machines are expertly designed and manufactured according to strict specifications. Besides selling farming equipment and machines, the team at Radium keep their pulse on farming related news and trends, and are always…

How safe are your farm workers REALLY when operating farming equipment and machines?

Using any type of farming equipment, such as machines, tools or implements should not be viewed as child’s play. It is not only inexperienced people who need to exercise extreme caution when operating farming equipment, for accidents can occur in a split second to even the most knowledgeable and experienced farmers. Quite often, farmers feel…

Why any kind of farm will benefit from these three Radium Engineering products.

Radium Engineering has supplied innovative and dependable farming equipment to farmers across South Africa since its inception in 1976. Radium Engineering manufactures its equipment according to strict guidelines and standards, ensuring that farmers receive the highest quality innovative equipment.We only sell exceptional equipment to improve farming methods and practices, and are also at the forefront…

Radium Engineering and Department of Agronomy take hands to make life easier

In each relationship there exists an expectation that the parties will assist each other in removing obstacles that make life difficult and in the case of Radium Engineering and the Department of Agronomy at Stellenbosch University, this sentiment has gained a literal meaning. Radium Engineering, a family business based in the north of the country,…

The NAMPO Expo

Many role-players in the agriculture industry are looking forward to Grain SA’s NAMPO Expo this year, as it’s an opportunity to discover the most recent trends, machinery and technology in farming across various sectors. NAMPO is an extremely important event to Radium who are specialists in agricultural and farming machinery.  Radium have been participants for…

Notable agricultural figures throughout history

The first agricultural developments took place thousands of years ago and since then, many influential and notable farming figures have been the driving force behind the agricultural advancements that have taken place year after year. These movers and shakers all contributed in some way, either by introducing a new method, improving on existing machinery, or…

Radium Products Ideally Suited For South Africa’s Vineyards

South Africa boasts some of the world’s finest vineyards and when it comes to the quality products required to maintain them, Radium Engineering offers superior machinery for exactly this purpose. Trusted by many, Radium’s Orchard & Vineyard range is affordable, reliable and robust, ensuring only the best results for its users.

The weirdest farming superstitions and customs

For centuries, farmers across the globe have done everything in their power to ensure that they yield the best possible crops. Many commonly used farming practices have their roots in superstition and in a time before the existence of modern technology, farmers relied on the natural elements around them (such as the weather, soil, trees…

Meet the MD

Managing Director at Radium Engineering, Grant M Roest, gives us insight into the world of agricultural equipment and innovation. How did Radium grow as an agricultural equipment supplier to become the respected organisation it is today? We have grown by being able to make immediate decisions. We also operate with the customers as the business…

Five times in history when farming changed the fate of the world

Farming is at the heart of all civilisation, marking the end of nomadism and the beginning of ordered societies. Even today, urban dwellers are fed by the literal fruits, vegetables and wheat-based products of farm labour. We look back at five times farming history was changed and how the agricultural industry was revolutionised for the…

Which Radium product is right for me?

At Radium Engineering, we provide a range of quality products designed for all your farming and agricultural needs – find out which one will suit you best.

Biodynamic farming 101

“Biodynamic farmers strive to create a diversified, balanced farm ecosystem that generates health and fertility as much as possible from within the farm itself.” Biodynamic Association The term “biodynamic” is one that is still often met by some confusion. In short, biodynamic agriculture is an advanced form of organic and regenerative agriculture that focusses on…

Radium’s Top 5 Bestsellers

With its impressive range of quality products, Radium Engineering is a leader in the agricultural and farming industries. Dedicated to meeting the requirements of all its customers, Radium ensures that it remains at the forefront of cutting-edge design and technology, delivering machinery that is reliable, functional and effective.

How global warming is set to change the face of South African farming

“Global warming” or “climate change” are terms that seem to be coming up more and more frequently as the world continues to experience various shifts in weather conditions, as well as natural disasters such as the melting of the polar ice caps. Simply put, global warming refers to the rise in the planet’s overall temperature…

Cultivated Land Across The Globe

Take a look at the top five countries with the most cultivated land (the sum of total farmable land area and the total area of permanent crops).

South Africa’s Secret Exports

The first things which come to mind when South African exports are mentioned are mineral resources, such as gold and diamonds. Indeed, South Africa may have the largest reserves of Manganese and Platinum in the world, but what else is this bountiful provider exporting? Natural Exports Maize Maize is one of South Africa’s most important…