Vision

Agrimotion strives to set the standard for best practices in soil management and fruit production, through ethical and sustainable solutions.

Mission

Agrimotion commits to provide an independent, unbiased consulting service to the producer through practical and scientifically sound recommendations with the intention of building meaningful partnerships with clients toward a common goal of achieving optimal long term profitable yields.

CONSULTANTS

Coenraad Fraenkel

MSc Agric
Director & CEO
Soil Scientist & Horticulturist

AFFILIATIONS:

  • Soil Science Society of South Africa
  • SACNASP Professional Natural Scientist
  • South African Board of Irrigation

PRESENTATIONS:

  • 2015 Geospatial International Congress: Geospatial Soil Management
  • 2015 SABI National Conference: The use of Remote Sensing in Irrigation Management
  • 2015 Guest Lecturer, Dept. Soil Science, University of Stellenbosch
  • 2016 Guest Lecturer, Dept. Soil Science, University of Stellenbosch
  • 2015 Article in the Kommuniek: “No Recipe for Pecan nut nutrition – Overview of the Pecan Phenology and Management.”
  • 2014 Agrimotion Short Course: The use of Remote sensing in the Fruit Industry

KEY PROJECTS:

  • 2015 to Present: GWK, Management and establishment of 3500 ha Pecan nut orchards in the Northern Cape, Free State and North West Provinces
  • 2015 to Present: Fruitways, Irrigation scheduling on pome fruit
  • 2015 to Present: San Miguel: New citrus orchard developments and existing orchard soil management (+/- 1000ha) – Citrus
  • 2017 to Present: Nutrition/soil management and new orchard developments for the ACG group and Schoeman boerdery. – Citrus
  • 2016 to Present: Setup of Agricultural due diligence for Ojemai Farms in Edo State, Nigeria
  • 2016 to present: Setup and management of Agricultural due diligence for Palm food co in Stampriet and Katima Mulilo, Namibia

Danie Kritzinger

MSc Agric
Director & Innovations Manager
Soil Science & Horticulture

AFFILIATIONS:

  • SACNASP Candidate Natural Scientist (100045/14)
  • Soil Science Discussion Group (Western Cape)
  • Feldman’s Horticultural Discussion Group
  • Soil Science Society of South Africa
  • SATI Natural Resource Management Advisory Committee

PRESENTATIONS:

  • 2015 Hexvallei De Doorns Farmers Day: Remote sensing and NDVI
  • 2015 Terason Farmer’s Day: Irrigation monitoring and scheduling
  • 2014 Agrimotion Short Course: Soil classification and orchard development
  • 2017 Article consultation for SABI, The use of remote sensing technology in the fruit industry

KEY PROJECTS:

  • 2014: Awash Wines Ethiopia, Soil survey for 500ha of wine grapes
  • 2014 to Present: GWK (Northern Cape, SA), Soil survey and orchard development for 500+ha of pecan nuts
  • 2015: Anadarko, Mozambique, Evaluation of soil potential for relocating small scale farmers
  • 2016: 100ha soil survey and new orchard development for Mouton Citrus
  • 2017 to Present: Nutrition/soil management and new orchard developments for the ACG group (Table Grapes)
  • 2016 to 2017: Irrigation scheduling for Mouton Citrus, Western Cape

Mico Stander

MSc Agric (Cum Laude)
Director & General Manager
Soil Scientist & Horticulturist

AFFILIATIONS:

  • SACNASP Professional Natural Scientist (16100166/13)
  • Hortgro Science Irrigation and Nutrition Technical Advisory Committee
  • Hortgro Science Soil Health Technical Advisory Committee
  • Fieldmans Horticultural Discussion Group
  • Soil Science Society of South Africa

PRESENTATIONS:

  • 2016 Hortgro Symposium: Making every drop count: Irrigation of fruit crops
  • 2016 Langkloof Farmer’s Day: Making every drop count: Irrigation of fruit crops
  • 2015 Hortgro Symposium: Drone, Maps, Satellites and Apps: Remote Sensing’s place in agriculture
  • 2015 Geospatial International Congress: Drone, Maps, Satellites and Apps: Remote sensing’s place in agriculture
  • 2015 Langkloof Farmer’s Day: Drone, Maps, Satellites and Apps: Remote sensing’s place in agriculture
  • 2015 Guest Lecturer, Dept. Soil Science, University of Stellenbosch
  • 2015 Guest Lecturer, Dept. Horticulture, University of Stellenbosch
  • 2015 Agrisoil Fumigation Day: Grabouw & Ceres, Soil management
  • 2014 Guest Lecturer, Dept. Soil Science, University of Stellenbosch
  • 2014 Agrimotion Short Course: Nutrition and Flower bud Development

KEY PROJECTS:

  • 2013 to Present: Nutrition and soil management of 42 farms (1700 orchards) cultivating pome fruit , stone fruit, persimmons, olives and citrus
  • 2015 to Present: Expofrut Argentina, Nutrition and soil management for 1000ha of pome fruit
  • 2015 to Present: Fruitways, Irrigation scheduling on pome fruit, 2000ha and 800 irrigation probes
  • 2013 to 2014: Malawi Remote Sensing Project to detect variation in orchards (macadamia, tea and coffee) (Satemwa, Lujeri, Makandi and Naming ‘Omba Estates)

Karen van der Westhuizen

BSc Agriculture (Cum Laude)
SABI Irrigation design course (Distinction)
Soil Scientist

AFFILIATIONS:

  • SACNASP Professional Natural Scientist (400061/17)
  • Soil Science Society of South Africa
  • SABI Member

PRESENTATIONS:

  • 2016: San Miguel Irrigation Workshop, Principles of irrigation scheduling and monitoring
  • 2016: Mouton Citrus Irrigation Workshop, Principles of irrigation scheduling and monitoring
  • 2015: Fruitways Irrigation Workshop, Principles of irrigation scheduling and monitoring
  • 2014-2016: Suiderland Irrigation Workshop, Principles of irrigation scheduling and monitoring
  • 2014: Agrimotion Short Course, Soil classification, Irrigation scheduling & GIS overview

KEY PROJECTS:

  • 2016 to present: Developing the IRIS app and platform for the integration, interpretation and collection of irrigation data for successful scheduling
  • 2014 to Present: Suiderland Farms, Irrigation scheduling on over 650ha of table grapes and citrus
  • 2014 to Present: Developing methods and strategies to integrate soil moisture monitoring and irrigation scheduling
  • 2014 to 2015: 320 ha of soil classification and new orchard developments for citrus in the Citrusdal and Clanwilliam region of the Western Cape
  • 2014: 184 ha of soil classification and new orchard developments for pome fruit in the Kouebokkeveld, Western Cape
  • 2013 to 2014: Malawi Remote Sensing Project to detect variation in orchards (macadamia, tea and coffee) (Satemwa, Lujeri, Makandi and Naming ‘Omba Estates)

Tiaan Snyman

BSc Hons. Environmental Science (Hydrology)
Soil Scientist

AFFILIATIONS:

  • SACNASP Candidate Natural Scientist (115121)

PRESENTATIONS:

  • 2015: Guest lecturer, Dept. Soil Science, University of Stellenbosch, Remote Sensing in Soil Science

KEY PROJECTS:

  • 2015 to Present: Fruitways, Irrigation scheduling on pome fruit, 2000ha and 800 irrigation probes
  • 2015 to Present: Fruitways Irrigation scheduling

Luan le Roux

B.Sc. Cons Ecol (Cum Laude)
M.Sc. Agric Soil Science (Cum Laude)
Soil Scientist

AWARDS:

  • 2016: Best Student Presenter at the Combined Congress, Bloemfontein
  • 2016: Best Publication for a researcher younger than 30, Combined Congress, Bloemfontein

PRESENTATIONS:

  • 2015: Combined Congress, George, Bleaching as part of weakly structured soil profiles in South Africa
  • 2016: Combined Congress, Bloemfontein, The pedogenesis of bleached topsoils overlying weakly-structured subsoils in the Western Cape and Mpumalanga Provinces of South Africa and their significance to classification

KEY PROJECTS:

  • 2015 to Present: Broodkraal Farm, 120ha Table Grape Development
  • 2016: Ghana 240ha banana plantation survey and soil management protocol

Ockert Botha

B.Sc. ConsEcol
M.Sc. Agric Soil Science
Soil Scientist

AFFILIATIONS:

  • SACNASP Candidate Natural Scientist
  • Soil Science Society of South Africa

AWARDS:

  • 2017: Best Publication for a researcher younger than 30, Combined Congress, Bela-Bela.

PRESENTATIONS:

  • 2016: Consulting Lecturer – Chemistry, Biology and Soil science, Elsenburg Agricultural Training Institute.
  • 2016: RUFORUM Biennial Conference, Stellenbosch University, Importance and application of post-graduate research in the field of soil science.
  • 2017: Combined Congress, Bela-Bela, The effect of composted biochar on compost properties and mineralisation.

KEY PROJECTS:

  • 2017 to Present: Assistance in the classification of new orchard developments conducted by Agrimotion Consulting.

Bruno Herrmann

B.Sc. Soil Science & Agronomy
Junior Soil Scientist

  • 2016: Farm and maintenance manager
  • 2017 to Present: Assistance in soil reconnaissance and classification conducted by Agrimotion Consulting.

SUPPORT STAFF

Liezl Saayman

Hons. Geography
Technical manager

  • 19 Years’ experience in managing data collection and management from farmers.
  • Leaf sample analysis scheme which coordinates the collection and sampling of 3000 leaf samples from over 100 different farms.
  • Data processing and technical support for all consultants.

Daisy van der Walt

Team Assistant

Assistant to the Agrimotion Directors and Consultants. When not assisting the Team, Daisy is a freelance copywriter, with an emphasis on the wine industry.

She has studied the theory of the grape through the Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET), Cape Wine Academy and Stellenbosch University and has also tasted on the Wine & Spirits Board.

Daisy enjoys keeping order in other people’s lives and has seven years’ experience as a Personal Assistant. Her other interests include films, writing, travel and event organising.