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,…
Potato Cyst Nematode

Controlling Potato Cyst Nematodes (PCN)

Nematodes are the silent enemy. Lets look at avoiding disasters by spotting Potato Cyst Nematodes (PCN) early in potatoes. Potato Cyst Nematodes – know what you’re dealing with before you plant Because of the devastating and persistent nature…
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The Marvel Of Desert Agriculture In Israel

Israel. A tiny country. Mostly desert. Yet feeds the world. How? You have to see it to believe it 1. Yes this is a desert. Negev desert https://twitter.com/bisnisisrael/status/859989373625942016 2. Water-sensitive tomatoes and celery blooming…

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…
Rose plant diseases

Common Rose Plant Diseases & How To Prevent Them

Rose plant diseases limit production and quality. The most common diseases are fungal diseases. Rose Plant Diseases Causes For the disease-causing fungi to start growing you need a combination of factors to come together at one point in time: 1)…
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9 Tweets That Prove Kenya's So Beautiful

Kenya is indeed a magical place Explore the beauty 1. This is Timau in Meru County. Unbelievable! https://twitter.com/mwarv/status/927046210581618688 2. Imagine Waking Up to This https://twitter.com/Farmer_DanMoore/status/905303409506574336 3.…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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Cover Crops Key To Unlocking Soil Fertility?

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…