Seed maize

THINK AGRONOMY: Improving Pollination In Seed Maize

By David Jones, Broad Acre Agronomist, Msc. Agriculture Maximizing yield in commercial maize is tricky enough, but for seed maize there is the added complication of ensuring the female plants are adequately fertilised by the weak and variable…
Crop rotation

#THINK AGRONOMY: Planning for Profitable Crop Rotation

By David Jones, BroadAcre Agronomist, Msc. Agriculture It may seem as though the off season is a long way away for many growers in Kenya, but it will arrive quickly and now is a good time to review how best to use the land in the fallow period.…
EU Bee harming pesticides

What Effect Are Our Fall Armyworm Control Measures Having on Other Species?

By David Jones, BroadAcre Agronomist, Msc. Agriculture As farmers and agronomists, it is often uncomfortable to examine the effect of our activities on non-target organisms. Thankfully, it is a question that I am frequently asked when using…
maize topdressing

Maize Nutrition: Feeding The Crop In A Difficult Season

By David Jones, Broadacre Agronomist, Msc. Agriculture Understanding the key growth stages of Maize is crucial to getting nutrients applied at the correct timing. As many crop reach top dressing timing, we look at the main requirements of the…
Fall army worm scouting

Fall Armyworm – Separating The Performance Of Chemistry From Poor Application

By David Jones, Broad Acre Agronomist One of the main issues I have encountered in carrying out trials in Fall Armyworm is the difficulty in separating how effective a chemical really is, from how well it is applied and the variation in the…
European Union neonicotinoids ban

EU Neonicotinoid Insecticide Ban: How Will It Affect Us?

By David Jones, CropNuts BroadAcre Agronomist On Friday 27th April the European Union voted to ban the use of neonicotinoid insecticides in all outdoor crops. Although this may seem a distant concern here in Africa, the impact could be far…
Fall Army Worm

What Effect Does Prolonged, Heavy Rain Have On Fall Armyworm?

By David Jones, CropNuts BroadAcre Agronomist Fall Armyworm pressure is notably lower so far this season. That does not mean for a moment that we should slacken our approach, and there are undoubtedly areas of the country that are still seeing…
Maize farming

Early Season Maize Lethal Necrosis Disease (MLND) and Fall Armyworm Update

By David Jones, CropNuts BroadAcre Agronomist Having toured several farms in the North Rift, Nakuru and Naivasha lately, it is apparent that Maize Lethal Necrosis Disease (MLND) is still alive and kicking. The concerns over Fall Armyworm last…

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…
Planting

Setting Up For Top Yields In 2018 (Part 2): Soil Preparation & Planting

By David Jones, CropNuts Broad Acre Agronomist “Well Sown is Half Grown!” is an old saying about the importance of planting the crop well to give it the best chance in life. As we approach planting season it is important to remind ourselves…