Entries by Cropnuts

Hugo Wood: My 40-Year Journey In Large scale Farming

FEATURE STORY Driving through Narok county in the month of June guarantees beautiful sceneries thanks to the massive trackfields of wheat whose sight comes close to a beautiful green Persian carpet. Narok is the hub of wheat growing in Kenya. If you enjoy bread, cake or cereal for breakfast, then you have a lot of […]

The Big Fall Armyworm Experiment: We Have The Results

By David Jones, Broad Acre Agronomist, MSc. Agriculture 10th August 2018 Earlier in the year in #ThinkAgronomy I presented the results from a study of Fall Armyworm that I undertook, examining the effectiveness of different insecticides. One of the major challenges I found last year was how to obtain reliable and meaningful results from a […]

Solai Dam Tragedy: What Causes Earthen Dams Embankment To Fail?

Solai dam recently burst amid heavy rains leading to loss of lives, others nursing serious injuries as well as destroying property worth of millions. In another incidence, a dam used to irrigate flower in Limuru broke down its embankment discharging water downstream to the valley of river Karura stretching 3 kilometres. This leads to the […]

Top Tips To Help You Design A Suitable Fertigation System

By Ruth Vaughan, Msc. Applied Science Fertigation is the application of fertilizer together with the irrigation water.  The most common form of fertigation in Kenya is via drip irrigation.  Fertigation provides precise nutrition, application flexibility, minimized loses & environmental protection. Fertigation Benefits The benefits of drip fertigation to plants are that nutrients are applied directly […]

Meru Farmer Doubles His Onion Yield With Daktari Wa Udongo

By Oscar “To be a successful farmer one must first know the nature of the soil.” – Xenophon, Oeconomicus, 400 B.C. James Mbogo is a farmer at heart. For 7 seven years now he’s been tilling his one acre farm at Ngare Ndare in Meru County. Onions is his favorite crop. And for a while now he’s […]

Key Facts To Help You Combat Disease In Barley

By David Jones, Broad Acre Agronomist, Msc. Agriculture Along with Brome Grass, disease – and specifically Net Blotch – is the main yield robber disease in barley here in Kenya. But with the range of fungicide products on the market, where do you start to ensure that you maximise the return on your fungicide spend […]

Pesticides, Pollinators and the Potential for Change

By Anne-Marie Steyn, Msc. Environmental Water Management The impending neonicotinoid ban in the EU, and its potential impact on farmers and pollinators, leads us to the question: How does pesticide use affect pollinators here in Kenya? Pesticide use Subsistence maize farmers, the majority, use very little fertiliser, let alone insecticides, except for situations such as the […]