Entries by Cropnuts

Think Agronomy: Maximising The Performance of Urea

By David Jones, Broad Acre Agronomist, Msc. Agriculture When discussing types of fertiliser for Nitrogen topdressing you can always be sure of lots of debate about the merits of Urea vs Ammonium sources such as CAN. Urea remains the least expensive form of Nitrogen at around 90 Kes per kilo of N compared to around […]

Celebrating World Soil Day, December 5th 2018

By Ruth Vaughan, Msc. Applied Science Today is World Soil Day. However, Africa continues to be affected by hunger and low crop yields. Populations are increasing and soil fertility is dropping. Traditional farming methods relied on larger areas of land and long periods of fallow but, with increasing pressure on the land this is no […]

Helpful Tips On How To Spot Fake Fertiliser

By Prof Lenah Nakhone, PhD, Crop Horticulture & Soils Department, Egerton University It is that time of the year when farmers are preparing their farms and are ready to plant taking advantage of the rains come next planting season. Every farmer normally hopes to get the best harvest at the end of the season. However, […]

How To Reduce Pesticide Use Through Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

By Kabuba Purity Integrated Pest Management (IPM) has since become a buzzword in the floriculture industry. It is the ideal concept to subscribe to and everyone aches to be seen either as an adopter or advocate of IPM. Nevertheless, beyond the hype, we have witnessed positive progress in the manner which Kenyan flower growers are […]

Think Agronomy: Does Row Spacing Affect Cereal Yield?

By David Jones, Broad Acre Agronomist, Msc. Agriculture In most parts of the world growers have confidence in optimum seed rates and row spacing for cereals for their conditions, which strike a balance between high yields in good years and stable, consistent yields and grain quality in drier years. This is the product of comprehensive […]

Outbreak of E. coli Infections Linked to Romaine Lettuce in the US

Romaine lettuce has been linked to an outbreak of E. coli in the US and Canada, health officials say. At least 32 people have been sickened in the US, with 13 taken to hospital, while another 18 people have been stricken in Canada. US officials said consumers, restaurants and retailers should throw away all kinds […]

Pesticide Residue & Heavy Metals Analysis Update

By Ruth Vaughan, Msc. Applied Science Our business is offering fast and reliable laboratory analyses.  Our partners in the Netherlands are continuously working on improvements to pesticide screening. This week they have extended and improved their screening analysis package for determination of pesticide residues for leaf and (ornamental) crop samples. What are the improvements? The […]

Why Soil Organic Matter Is So Important

By Ruth Vaughan, Msc. Applied Science Organic fertilizers are derived from animal or plant matter, manures, algal and seaweed products, and organic wastes from processing and food industries.  They have a high carbon content and tend to be more diverse in nutrient content, slower acting, longer lasting and benefit agriculture by not only adding important […]

Think Agronomy: New KWS Aliciana Barley Variety Launched

By David Jones, Broad Acre Agronomist, Msc. Agriculture Kenya Breweries are introducing a new malting barley variety, KWS Aliciana, giving growers an alternative to Quench, Cocktail, Grace and the likes of Nguzo. This is a very interesting move because KWS is the world’s largest privately owned plant breeder, based in Germany but operating globally, and […]

Part 2 Of The Calcium Chronicles – Calcium Nitrate Alternatives

By Ruth Vaughan, Msc. Applied Science As mentioned in the previous newsletter there are no water soluble, non-reactive calcium nitrate alternatives that you can throw into your fertigation recipes as a direct replacement.  So here I will list some of the options available for calcium to boost calcium levels. NOTE FIRSTLY that calcium nitrate brings […]