Entries by Cropnuts

What Makes A Great Seeder?

In this issue of #ThinkAgronomy we make comments on 3 crucial topics trending among broad acre farmers right now There seems to be a lot of conversation recently about seeders, so over the next few weeks we will be looking at a different manufacturer each week. First up is an interesting tine seeder from the […]

An Introduction To Plant Viruses

Plant viruses are pathogenic to higher plants.  They can cause a dramatic decrease in yield, quality and shelf life and even plant death.  Plant virus are made up of a strand of nucleic acid (DNA or RNA) surrounded by a protein sheath.  Technically they are not living, as they are not cell based so cannot […]

Crop Costings To Make Better Cropping Decisions

As farmers plan ahead for cropping in 2020, understanding the input costs and gross margins of the various crops is crucial for farm planning and budgeting. When we look across our agronomy clients throughout the country and the amount spent on seed, sprays and fertilizer – or direct inputs / variable costs – we can […]

Importance Of Changing Crop Planting Date

Very often we talk about the ideal sowing or planting window for crops. There is without doubt an optimum for every crop and region – within the limitations of what the weather might do – but too often we view this in a perfect, utopian farming situation where weeds in particular are not an issue. […]

Keeping Powdery Mildew out of Peas

This season’s pea fungicide work has highlighted again the effectiveness of elemental sulphur for controlling Powdery Mildew. Alternatives with known activity on the disease were tested including metrafenone, triadimefon and azoxystrobin + cyproconazole but while useful, but none were quite as effective as elemental sulphur. All of these products are preventative so must be applied […]

Choosing A Fertilizer Spreader For Topdressing

Choosing the correct fertilizer spreader can open up possibilities for the material you spread, and importantly can help you get the job done quickly and efficiently when the application window is right… I reckon that our broadacre clients typically spend between 4,000 and 11,000 Ksh per hectare on topdressing fertilizer for their cereal crops, be […]

Maize Fungicide Spray Recommendations

As maize crops approach tassling it is well worth considering the disease risk and likely returns from a fungicide application. The first consideration is whether the crop can realistically be sprayed, which of course depends on the equipment available and the height of the crop. That said, it is surprising how effective knapsacks can be […]

Post Harvest Technology & Water Quality Training

Hey! Here’s a full description of the Training we are offering on mitigating Flower Post Harvest Losses I will be delivering my insights on this training alongside Sally Share from Flower Watch The training is aimed at flower growers especially Post Harvest Managers & supervisors To sign up your team for the training please sign […]

Common Potato Pests And Diseases

Potato Pests and diseases. Here we will look at the main pests and diseases that affect potato yields in Kenya. The Irish potato, Solanum tuberosum, is an important staple crop grown in Kenya.  Potatoes are extremely good for us!  Potatoes are free of fats, sodium and cholesterol.  Potatoes are packed with protein, slow release carbohydrates, […]