Arable Farming Review of 2017; the year that will unlikely be forgotten…

By David Jones, Broad Acre Agronomist 2017 has certainly been a testing year; the arrival of Fall Armyworm, delayed rains and stressed crops, and volatile grain prices all made for a challenging 12 months. But farmers are used to adversity,…

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…

Change of Weather Brings New Disease and Fall Armyworm Threats

By David Jones, Broad Acre Agronomist Fall Armyworm are definitely active in wheat crops now, and this week I have picked up some interesting observations and tips on what to look for. And in canola crops, Meru County has been experiencing…

Cereal Root Diseases

By David Jones, Broad Acre Agronomist This week I’m looking at soil borne cereal diseases, some of which affect more than just cereals. I have seen four of the diseases already in Kenya, in cereal crops in Timau, Nakuru and Naivasha. Take…

How Much Is Sulphur Really Costing You?

By David Jones, Broad Acre Agronomist Poor protein quality and low grain protein, 20% yield response in Canola and improved nitrogen use efficiency. So why are we still not following the science and advice on Sulphur nutrition? This week I…

Cover Crops - The Key To Unlocking Soil Fertility or a Short Term Fashion?

By David Jones, Broad Acre Agronomist Cover crops have certainly made it into the mainstream in the last few years. What was known as a “Green Manure” and was seldom seen outside organic farms, is now much more widespread thanks in part…

Home-saved Seed - How can a Financial Success become an Agronomic Nightmare?

By David Jones, Broad Acre Agronomist As harvest gets into gear around Timau, I decided to ask local farm manager Daniel Moore to share his thoughts in this week’s THINK AGRONOMY on Farm Saved Seed and how to make it a success. Producing…

Avoiding Soil Compaction - What Farm Machine Manufacturers Don't Tell You

THINK AGRONOMY By David Jones, CROPNUTS Independent Agronomist We all know soil compaction is bad and the limitations it causes to plant growth and crop yield. But how often do we ask specifically which farm machines are doing the damage,…

Field Trials & Research

This week I am going to take a relatively easy subject to discuss. Trials that I am currently doing, and why I think these areas need attention. I have carried out several field trials so far, but I’m starting to forge ideas for the areas…

Cereals 2017 Visit

Last week I visited the UK’s Cereals Event, a two day exhibition of all things arable including machinery, crop varieties, crop nutrition, fungicides, drones, precision farming and grain marketing. The event always attracts a wide range of…