Avocado farming

6 Soil Care Tips For Successful Avocado Farming

By Ruth Vaughan, Msc. Applied Science Full of flavor, packing a high nutrient punch and neatly protected by its own skin, it is no wonder that the amazing avocado is gaining popularity as a healthy superfood.  The annual global demand is increasing…
Green house fertigation system

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…
Bee pollinators

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…

12 Tips On Building Healthy Soil In Greenhouses

By Ruth Vaughan, CropNuts Technical Director, Msc. Applied Science When you grow plants out in the open field, your soil has time to rest and regenerate. Not so in the greenhouse, where the climate is much hotter and the soil and plants are…
nematode silent nemesis

Nematodes: Our Silent Nemesis?

By Ruth Vaughan, Technical Director at CropNuts, Msc. Applied Science Nemesis - the inescapable agent of someone's or something's downfall.  Synonymous with downfall, ruin, ruination, undoing, destruction Nematodes are microscopic, non-segmented,…
Pesticide Maximum Residue Levels MRL

Changes In EU Pesticide Maximum Residue Levels [June 2018 Update]

By Ruth Vaughan June 2018 A number of changes to regulation EC 396/2005 have been published. These regulations will become active in June 2018 and December 2018. These changes include both reductions and increases of the Pesticide Maximum…
Food safety Standards

Food Safety Standards: How Safe Is The Food You Eat?

By Ruth Vaughan Food safety is a rapidly emerging discipline.  We are what we eat.  How safe is our food? What is food safety? Food safety is a scientific discipline describing handling, preparation, testing and storage of food in…
Soil health disaster mitigation

The Role Of Soil Health In Natural Disaster Mitigation

By Ruth Vaughan You may think that the common factor between drought and flood in many places in Kenya is water, especially lately. Other than the lack or abundance of rain, the major reason for droughts and floods is the soil's health status…

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…
Flower Farming Kenya Africa

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…