Entries by Cropnuts

Women Shine At the Cropnuts Kitale Golf Tournament

Women shone at the Cropnuts golf tournament that was held on Saturday Feb 24th at the Kitale golf club. The tournament is a build up to the TransNzoia Open by the Kenya Golf Union which produces Kenya’s best amateur golfers. Tournament Winners During the Cropnuts golf tournament, Sandhya Shah of handicap 13 emerged winner with […]

Creating Sustainability In The Flower Industry (Part 2)

By Ruth Vaughan In Part 1 of our newsletter, we explored the various farming practices that improve the soil and the environment. In this second issue, we discuss various useful tips on how to maintain flower production over time (without slipping into a dip in production). Be sure to have your thinking cap on and soak […]

Wheat Varieties: What Our Current Research Shows

This week I take a look at wheat varieties in Kenya in anticipation of planting. Also we got latest trials results highlighting importance of Nitrogen and Sulphur in Canola Let’s start with the wheat varieties: Robin Still a solid wheat variety. First registered in 2009, Robin is never going to set the world alight but […]

Creating Sustainability In The Flower Industry (Part 1)

By Ruth Vaughan, CropNuts Technical Director European flower importers are pushing for their suppliers to be able to demonstrate sustainable policies and practices. The pressure is on.. In order to continue to be economically sustainable one must comply with the market demands and trends or find a new market. From a horticultural view we must […]

Types Of Agricultural Lime And What To Look Out For

Agricultural Lime. Last week we looked at the importance of liming and the returns it generates by maximising the efficiency with which nutrients can be used by the crop and improving the root environment for the plant. This week I want to look at the options for correcting pH with different types of Agricultural Lime […]

Agriculture Needs a Makeover to Lure Young People Back to Farming

By Oscar Adika Rural youth are increasingly abandoning agriculture to work in cities, raising the question who will grow our food in the future? The Young Farmer: An Endangered Species? Africa has the youngest population in the world. 60% of Africa’s 1.26 billion people is under 24 years. That translates to 756 million of us. […]

Are You Missing Out On Liming?

In this Think Agronomy issue: Are you diagnosing Fall Armyworm correctly in Sorghum? The benefits of liming and why it remains the most cost effective input Getting The Basics Right The importance of getting the basics right in farming is something I often talk about in #THINKAGRONOMY newsletters. Having the most up to date sprayer or […]

4 Ways The Smart Phone Is Changing Modern Agriculture

It doesn’t matter what you do: Whether you are a Business exec, farmer, CEO, kange, student – we all use the smart phone to enhance our daily lives. It’s really exciting to see farmers on the front line in adopting smart phone technologies in their farming. So how are farmers benefiting from the smart phone […]

KTDA Partners With Cropnuts to Test Kenya Tea Farmers’ Soils

The Kenya Tea Development Agency (KTDA) has began conducting soil & leaf testing among small-scale Kenya tea farmers in Kenya to determine the best fertiliser for them. Improving Kenya Tea Farmers’ Production The project, a joint venture between the Kenya Tea Development Agency (KTDA) , International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Crop Nutrition Laboratory Services (CropNuts) […]

Soil Testing – Solution to Food Security in Africa?

Food is a great connector. It connects families, communities and even nations. Most memorable conversations happen at the dinner table. But how does the food end up at the dinner table in the first place? It’s the farmers who bring food to our tables. With a bursting population of 1.2 billion people in Africa, it […]