potato harvesting

Spraying Potatoes Before Harvesting: Tips For Effective Crop Desiccation

The main objective of the potato harvesting operation is to lift the crop with minimum damage to tubers as well as minimum amount of clay, dirt and stones. The first stage of potato harvesting is to desiccate or “burn-off” the…

Crop Health And Balanced Nutrition Shows The Way To Higher Yields

We often talk about the importance of healthy plants in reducing pests and diseases, but how often do we actually see the visual benefits? Reducing fungicide use is important not just for Integrated Crop Management (ICM), but keeping input…
Soil fertility

Why Soil Fertility Is The #1 Defense Against Crop Pests & Disease

By Dr. Rob Mikkelsen, Ph.D. (Soil Science) Fertilizers are responsible for over half of global food production, but there are areas in world with nutrient deficiency and other areas of nutrient excess. Managing soil fertility requires careful…
Agronomy

10 Practical Agronomy Tips From The Association of Independent Crop Consultants (AICC) Annual Conference

By David Jones, Broad Acre Agronomist, Msc. Agriculture Farmers in the UK are benefiting from an early planting window. Last week I had a chance to visit growers averaging 12 t/ha (+50 bags/acre) of wheat, and look at how they are aiming…
fertilizer

What Happened To Last Year's Fertilizer? Tips For Budget-Conscious Farmers

By Dr. Rob Mikkelsen, Ph.D. University of California (Soil Science) Everyone is looking to get the most value from everything they do. With the ever-tightening squeeze between farm inputs and crop prices, it just makes good sense to reevaluate…
Potato farming in kenya

When Chips Are Down Get Them Up! Starter Guide To Profitable Potato Farming

By Ruth Vaughan, CropNuts Technical Director, Msc. Applied Science Potato farming production around the globe has risen steadily over the years (267 million metric tons in 1990 to 377 million metric tons in 2016).  China is the largest…
barley farming in kenya

Barley Farming In Kenya: How We Achieved Massive 11.84 ton/ha Yield

Barley farming in Kenya is setting new yield records as witnessed in various barley trials conducted in Timau, Meru County. Trials are a huge part of making progress in farming, and back in September 2018 we harvested something truly special.…
Powdery vs Downey Mildew

Powdery Mildew Vs Downey Mildew: What's The Difference?

"What is this white powdery substance infesting my tomatoes? Pls help" is a question frequently asked by most first-time greenhouse farmers. Chances are, it's powdery mildew. Another common question is "What's the difference between powdery…
nutrition deficiency

A Quick Breakdown Of The Main Nutritional Elements Needed By Crops

What follows is a description of visual symptoms related to specific nutritional deficiencies commonly found in crops. While useful as a starting point to diagnosing production problems, keep in mind that multiple nutritional disorders often…