At Santam Agriculture, we've been researching the relationship
between weather extremes and farms for 82 years. This means we
realise how a bad season can affect your farm for more than just
one yield. It also means we understand the potential impact
of unpredictable weather patterns and climate change on
farmers, their crops, assets and livelihoods.
Our experience allows us to help farmers with strategies such as
water harvesting, skilful use of crop types, planting dates,
varieties, improved applications of fertilizer and timing of
applications to contribute to minimising the effect of climate
variability and climate change.
Our climatologist and weather expert, Johan van den Berg
provides our clients with weekly weather updates, as well as comprehensive
climatic and seasonal forecasts on an ongoing basis. This helps us
advise farmers, through our network of involved agriculture
brokers, on when to plant which crops, and on how to be adequately
insured against weather perils.