Entries by Cropnuts

Agriculture Needs a Makeover to Lure Young People Back to Farming

By Oscar Adika Rural youth are increasingly abandoning agriculture to work in cities, raising the question who will grow our food in the future? The Young Farmer: An Endangered Species? Africa has the youngest population in the world. 60% of Africa’s 1.26 billion people is under 24 years. That translates to 756 million of us. […]

Are You Missing Out On Liming?

By David Jones, CropNuts Broad Acre Agronomist In this Think Agronomy issue: Are you diagnosing Fall Armyworm correctly in Sorghum? The benefits of liming and why it remains the most cost effective input Getting The Basics Right The importance of getting the basics right in farming is something I often talk about in #THINKAGRONOMY newsletters. Having […]

4 Ways The Smart Phone Is Changing Modern Agriculture

It doesn’t matter what you do: Whether you are a Business exec, farmer, CEO, kange, student – we all use the smart phone to enhance our daily lives. It’s really exciting to see farmers on the front line in adopting smart phone technologies in their farming. So how are farmers benefiting from the smart phone […]

KTDA Partners With Cropnuts to Test Tea Farmers’ Soils

The Kenya Tea Development Agency (KTDA) has began conducting soil & leaf testing among small-scale tea farmers in Kenya to determine the best fertiliser for them. The project, a joint venture between the Kenya Tea Development Agency (KTDA) , International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Crop Nutrition Laboratory Services (CropNuts) aims at increasing tea production in […]

Soil Testing – Solution to Food Security in Africa?

Food is a great connector. It connects families, communities and even nations. Most memorable conversations happen at the dinner table. But how does the food end up at the dinner table in the first place? It’s the farmers who bring food to our tables. With a bursting population of 1.2 billion people in Africa, it […]

High Aphid Pressure Hits As Drought Takes Hold

By David Jones, CropNuts Broad Acre Agronomist This week, we take a look at: Identifying and controlling specific aphid to avoid control failures What thresholds to use to make decisions on farm crop spraying Why spraying an insecticide on some aphid populations can INCREASE their numbers Aphid pest pressure at the moment is very high […]

How To Control Nematode Infestation

By Ruth Vaughan Nematodes are tiny microscopic worms that spread to and within greenhouses through contaminated water, machinery, animals and humans Ornamental growers are reporting increasing nematode infestations under greenhouse production. According to crop protection experts, many growers do not diagnose the problem until the crop is already damaged. Nematodes are long, thin round worms, […]

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 […]