Entries by Cropnuts

Ensuring Farm Produce Reaches the Kitchen and Food Table Safe

By Ruth Vaughan Concerted efforts and measures have been on-going in Kenya to enhance food safety, compliance and competitiveness in Kenya’s fresh produce While horticulture has been defined as the science and art of growing fruits and vegetables, floriculture, on the other hand is the sustainable growth of flowers and ornamental plants. Both horticulture and floriculture involve […]

Cereal Root Diseases

By David Jones, Broad Acre Agronomist This week I’m looking at soil borne cereal diseases, some of which affect more than just cereals. I have seen four of the diseases already in Kenya, in cereal crops in Timau, Nakuru and Naivasha. Take All This is a soil borne fungus that affects continuous cereals. The tell-tale […]

How Much Is Sulphur Really Costing You?

By David Jones, Broad Acre Agronomist Poor protein quality and low grain protein, 20% yield response in Canola and improved nitrogen use efficiency. So why are we still not following the science and advice on Sulphur nutrition? This week I ask what we need to be doing in Kenya to take our Sulphur more seriously, […]

Field Trials & Research

This week I am going to take a relatively easy subject to discuss. Trials that I am currently doing, and why I think these areas need attention. I have carried out several field trials so far, but I’m starting to forge ideas for the areas that I really want to examine further, where there is […]

Curbing Horticulture Soil-Borne Diseases

By Ruth Vaughan In intensive horticulture, soil borne diseases cause yield and quality loss, and if left unchecked can result in complete project failure, as we have seen happen many times. All soils, unless completely dead, have a large and diverse microbial population, some good and some bad. The trick is to keep the soils […]