Entries by Cropnuts

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, […]

Healthy Soil Is The Real Key To Feeding The World

Healthy soil is the real key to feeding the world. One of the biggest modern myths about agriculture is that organic farming is inherently sustainable. It can be, but it isn’t necessarily. After all, soil erosion from chemical-free tilled fields undermined the Roman Empire and other ancient societies around the world. Other agricultural myths hinder […]

French Beans Farming Guide

French beans, also known as snap or green beans, and locally in Kenya as mishiri, are a major export crop. Interest in french beans farming is fast-growing for both fresh consumption and processing (mainly canning and freezing). French beans contain protein, fat, calcium, iron, phosphorus, vitamins A, B, D and starch. French beans grow well […]