Entries by Cropnuts

Concerns Grow over Fungicide Resistance in Net Blotch

By David Jones, Broad Acre Agronomist This week I’m looking at timing the ear spray fungicide for Fusarium control and dispelling some myths about what rates and products to use. There’s also some worrying news on Net Blotch in Barley on the horizon, an update on fungicide activity for next season, and first a look […]

The Marvel Of Desert Agriculture In Israel

Israel. A tiny country. Mostly desert. Yet feeds the world. How? You have to see it to believe it 1. Yes this is a desert. Negev desert A rolling hills of Kibbutz Ruhama​ in the Negev Desert in southern Israel ???? Eyal Asaf #negevdesert #visitjerusalem #natureview pic.twitter.com/Z0ct9Tfr4b — bisnisisrael (@bisnisisrael) May 4, 2017 2. Water-sensitive […]

Common Rose Plant Diseases & How To Prevent Them

By Ruth Vaughan Common rose plant diseases limit production and quality. The most common diseases are fungal diseases. For the disease-causing fungi to start growing you need a combination of factors to come together at one point in time: 1) Starter material – generally spores or spore carriers (condia / sclerotia) 2) Something for the […]

9 Tweets That Prove Kenya’s So Beautiful

Kenya is indeed a magical place Explore the beauty 1. This is Timau in Meru County. Unbelievable! Kenya is beautiful. Exhibit 006 : Canola plantation in Timau.#TembeaKenya #MagicalKenya #IG_Africa #Kenya #iger… https://t.co/r0MOL14ypf pic.twitter.com/J2gPZRmw52 — Mwangi Kirubi (@mwarv) November 5, 2017 2. Imagine Waking Up to This Lovely morning, planting Canola #Kenya #CTF #NoTill pic.twitter.com/fcvoULZici — […]

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 […]

Preventing 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. If things get out of balance the […]

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, […]