Pesticide Maximum Residue Levels

Recent Changes in EU Pesticide Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs)

By Ruth Vaughan March 2018 A number of changes to EC regulations have been published. These regulations will become active in the 1st quarter of 2018 and the 3rd quarter of 2018. These changes include both reductions and increases of the Pesticide…
Flower Industry Sustainability

Creating Sustainability In The Flower Industry (Part 2)

By Ruth Vaughan In Part 1 of our newsletter, we explored the various farming practices that improve the soil and the environment. In this second issue, we discuss various useful tips on how to maintain flower production over time (without…

Creating Sustainability In The Flower Industry (Part 1)

By Ruth Vaughan, CropNuts Technical Director European flower importers are pushing for their suppliers to be able to demonstrate sustainable policies and practices. The pressure is on.. In order to continue to be economically sustainable one…

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.…

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)…

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…

Curbing 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…

The Dangerous Duponchelia & How to Control Them

By Ruth Vaughan Duponchelia fovealis, aka the European Pepper Moth, is an emerging pest in our Kenyan greenhouses. This may be due to the reduced use of harsh chemicals. You can often see the adults as you wander through the greenhouses, when…
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The Bountiful Benefits of Biochar

By Ruth Vaughan, Technical Director, CropNuts Biochar is the new buzz word in farming.  What is it?  Biochar is basically ‘charred’ agricultural waste created through slow burning of organic matter in the absence of oxygen (pyrolysis). …