Entries by Cropnuts

Agrobacterium – The Rose Grower’s Nightmare

Agrobacterium tumefaciens is a rod shaped gram negative motile bacteria that lives in the soil.  It has flagella that allow it to swim through moisture films in soil and on plants.  On its own its harmless, but when combined with the Ti plasmid it’s a nightmare, and causes large ugly cankers called crown galls, and […]

Healthy Soils: Key to Unlocking the Grass Potential In Arid Lands

By Anne Munene When Kenya’s President Uhuru was inaugurated for his second and final term on Nov 26th, those of us in Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASALs), were gratified when President painted the broad picture on how his government will go about ensuring that Kenya can get out of the drought cycles through  a re-engineered […]

Critical Issues in Plant Nutrition in Floriculture

By Ruth Vaughan <Scroll down to subscribe to this newsletter> In my line of work I visit hundreds of flower farms a year; the flourishing, the ticking over, and the ones in dire straits. A lot of my hard work is dealing with farms that suddenly run into problems. “Ruth, please come and visit our […]

Setting Up For Top Yields In 2018 (Part 3): Top Dressing

By David Jones, CropNuts Broad Acre Agronomist This week we answer following key questions: when is the optimum time to apply topdressing fertiliser to canola crops? Should we be rolling seedbeds to improve Fall Armyworm control? And a reminder of herbicide pro’s and con’s for maize crops… Canola Top Dressing Timing On farm trials and […]

The Influence of Plant Nutrition on Pests and Diseases

Ruth Vaughan, Technical Director, CropNuts There is increasing pressure on us to grow healthy flowers, fruit and vegetables with less and less chemical pesticides.  The export markets we supply to check pesticide residues in the produce and high levels can limit market access.  With the new Horticultural Standards in Kenya being gazetted – there is […]

ISO 17025 Accreditation: Our Journey

By Grace Nderitu Crop Nutrition Laboratory Services Limited is now ISO/IEC 17025:2005 accredited by Kenya Accreditation Service (KENAS). ISO/IEC 17025:2005 is the internationally-accepted quality standard for testing and calibration laboratories. This standard specifies general requirements for competence to carry out tests and/or calibrations.  The standard includes explicit requirements for continual improvement of the management system […]

CropNuts Introduces First Ever Product Performance Trials In Kenya

By Jacopo Parigiani Crop Nutrition Laboratories (CropNuts) is proud to offer the first independent product performance trials in Kenya. We test a variety of products ranging from fertilizer to seed varieties to crop protection products and biological products. Here’s how you stand to benefit from our team of experts: Professionally designed trials In-house statistical analysis […]

Exciting Developments Happening At CropNuts

By Jeremy Cordingley This year we have new clients in Thailand, China, Madagascar and Ghana. As a Kenyan company, it’s a great feeling to know CropNuts’ unique set of services are turning heads on many continents. We are proud to work with an incredible team, and our daily focus on quality, whilst delivering a happy […]