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OPINION: The Food We Eat Should Inspire Joy, Not Fear

By Jonathan Bardzik Food brings joy. Although lately it feels like food also brings a lot of fear and confusion. What should and shouldn’t we eat? There are seemingly endless new rules and opinions about what will make you healthy and what…
KTDA Soil Leaf Sampling

KTDA Partners With Cropnuts to Test Tea Farmers' Soils

The Kenya Tea Development Agency (KTDA) has began conducting soil & leaf testing among small-scale tea farmers in Kenya to determine the best fertiliser for them. The project, a joint venture between the Kenya Tea Development Agency (KTDA)…

Maize Nitrogen Topdressing & Fall Armyworm Update

By David Jones, Broad Acre Agronomist We had a lot of discussion last week within our agronomy team about the problem of getting Nitrogen (mainly Urea) into the plant in dry weather. So, I start this week with a really useful graph that I often…

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…

The Beneficial Effects of Leaving Crop Residue on your Fields

As defined by FAO, Conservation agriculture aims to achieve sustainable and profitable agriculture and subsequently aims at improved livelihoods of farmers through the application of the three CA principles: minimal soil disturbance, permanent…

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…