Entries by Cropnuts

CROPNUTS Is Moving To A New Home

Cropnuts is making the big move….to a new home! We are happy to announce that we’ll soon be moving to our new, ultramodern Laboratory Facility & Training Centre in Limuru. Our new Centre of Analytical & Agronomic Excellence will enable us to serve you even better, with a wider range of quality, ISO 17025 accredited […]

Haunting Photos Of Hunger: Why Are We Here Again?

About 1.1 million Kenyans mostly living in arid and semi-arid areas are on the brink of starvation and require intervention. This is according to the short Rains Assessment report released last week, which alludes that food crisis is expected to last until end of August 2019 when some farmers will have harvested after utilizing the […]

George Kili’s Story Perfectly Demystifies Precision Agriculture

Precision Agriculture (PA) or Precision Farming is a modern approach to farming which uses Information Technology (IT) tools to ensure crops and the soil receive exactly what they need for optimum health & yield. George’s Story George is known in the agricultural sector as an avid farmer, always striving to improve operations on his 1,000-acre […]

Complete Guide To Potato Varieties Grown In Kenya

What follows is a list of potato varieties produced in Kenya by seed potato variety producers KALRO, Agrico East Africa, International Potato Centre (CIP), Bioplant GmbH, Africalla among others Seed Potato Variety 1. Roslin Eburu (B53) It was released in 1953 by the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Institute (Kalro). It is recommended to for […]

How We Can Increase Kenya Certified Seed Potato Production

The availability of certified seed potato in Kenya is improving, thanks to efforts being made by National Potato Council of Kenya & KEPHIS. Potato is the world’s fourth most important food crop after wheat, maize and rice. It is the second most important crop in Kenya after maize. Globally, potato is grown successfully in tropical […]

Highland Maize Varieties for 2019

What follows is a list of highland maize varieties grown in kenya, their strong attributes and their vulnerabilities, especially to certain pests & diseases. Highland Maize Varieties Pannar 691 Still arguably the standard for yield despite being released in 2001. In most highland areas it requires 160 days to maturity. Good disease resistance and as […]

Role of Molybdenum in Healthy Crop Production

Molybdenum nutrient in crops is classified as a micro nutrient as the amount required is very, very small, as little as 50g/ha will satisfy the needs of most crops. Molybdenum (Mo) is a transition metal that sits on the second larow in the middle of the Periodic Table.  It can exist in many transition states, […]

Comparing Original Vs Generic Pesticide Performance

Most generic pesticides are budget friendly, but is the performance of the generic pesticide any different from the original branded pesticide? Generic or ‘off-patent’ pesticides can represent a great way of making savings in input costs. But as we have established before in #ThinkAgronomy they are not always identical to – or indeed as effective […]

Using Sunflowers To Reduce Brome Grass in Wheat

Today we explore some benefits of including sunflowers in your crop rotation cycle especially when growing wheat. I have discussed the benefits of Sunflowers in the rotation in previous editions of #ThinkAgronomy, in reducing nematode populations, building Mycorrhizal fungi and improving soil structure. The challenge on the flip side is making them pay in their […]