Entries by Cropnuts

Crop Residue Benefits

Crop residue left on the fields has many known beneficial effects. For one, the residues are used as a nutrition source for soil organisms which slowly break it down into smaller and finer particles which end up constituting soil organic matter. This in turn is broken down providing nutrition for crops and reducing fertilizer requirements. […]

Planning Your Crop Rotation

A sound rotation has many benefits; here we discuss a few key points when planning to improve the performance of your farm. All plants have favoured soil types and climates which need to be appreciated when choosing which crops to introduce into the rotation. Barley for example is very tolerant of Sodium Soils, Peas thrive […]

The Mighty Millipede: Friend-turned-foe?

By Ruth Vaughan The decomposers’ heroic deeds in farms are fast being replaced by a trail of destructive activities Have the beneficial worm Millipede turned predatory? This is the question scientists and some potato farmers are grappling with as the worms feed on tubers dealing a major blow to farm productivity in parts of Meru. […]