Sprayer Cleaning and Hygiene Newsletter

As the spraying season picks up, I always have plenty of discussions with farmers about cleaning out sprayers, and which order to spray crops in order to minimise downtime. It is crucial to remember that crop growth can be affected by tank residues…

Practical Steps to Optimising Nitrogen Applications

The optimum amount of Nitrogen that a crop needs varies significantly, not only depending on soil type and yield potential, but also from year to year. Nitrogen commonly represents the largest single variable cost in many crops, but how…

Understanding the role of Cover Crops

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 to an increasing awareness of soil health…

Brome Grass Weed Control

Standing in a soil pit at a recent CropNuts and Cereal Growers Association Field Day near Eldoret, I asked how many farmers have Brome Grass on their farms. I was surprised when around three-quarters of farmers raised their hands and they looked…

Link between Aflatoxin and Maize Nutrition

Researchers here in Kenya have established a link between the potentially harmful Aflatoxins, and poor crop health and nutrition in maize. Improved soil fertility, agronomy and soil testing can all help reduce levels of this carcinogen in grain. Aflatoxins…

Fall Army Worm threat grows closer

Reports have been gathering recently about Fall Army Worm, a potentially devastating pest of Maize which has been sweeping from West Africa, down to the South of the continent and now towards us here in Kenya. Originally a pest of the southern…

Planning the rotation

A sound rotation has many benefits; here we discuss a few key points when planning to improve the performance of your farm All plants have favoured soil types and climates which need to be appreciated when choosing which crops to introduce…

Planning Your Crop Rotation

A sound rotation has many benefits; here we discuss a few key points when planning to improve the performance of your farm. All plants have favoured soil types and climates which need to be appreciated when choosing which crops to introduce…

Building The Potential Of Your Maize Crop

In recent years there has been a trend among maize growers to apply Calcium Ammonium Nitrate (CAN) fertiliser to their crops in preference to Urea. The lower volatilisation risk in dry soils and the perceived neutral effect on soil acidity…