Entries by Cropnuts

A Quick Breakdown Of The Main Nutritional Elements Needed By Crops

What follows is a description of visual symptoms related to specific nutritional deficiencies commonly found in crops. While useful as a starting point to diagnosing production problems, keep in mind that multiple nutritional disorders often occur simultaneously. To understand your soil better consider doing a soil analysis to determine which nutrients are deficient in your […]

Think Agronomy: Review Of The Year 2018

By David Jones, Broad Acre Agronomist, Msc. Agriculture If 2017 was to be remembered for the late and under-whelming long rains, this year has been a lesson in being careful what we wish for and adapting to a turbulent ‘new norm’. Looking back, many farms experienced annual rainfall well above their long term average, and […]

Understanding The Nitrogen Nutrient In The Soil (Part 2)

By Graeme Sait, Author of ‘Nutrition Rules!’, Consultant, CEO Nutri-Tech Solutions (NTS) In the first part of this article, we discussed the nuances of nitrogen, the most misused of all minerals. In this installment, I will continue with our six strategies to master this important mineral. 2) Discover the Sweet Spot Nitrogen is the ‘Goldilocks mineral’, in that […]

Understanding The Nitrogen Nutrient In The Soil – Part 1

By Graeme Sait, Author of ‘Nutrition Rules!’, Consultant, CEO Nutri-Tech Solutions (NTS) Nitrogen (chemical symbol N) is the most abundant mineral in the plant, it comprises the lion’s share of our atmosphere and it can be our largest investment when seeking to appease the great God, yield. However, this dual-edged sword cuts deep when impatience, greed […]

Think Agronomy: Maximizing The Performance of Urea Fertilizer

This article breaks down how to prevent Urea fertilizer and other Nitrogen fertilizer ammonia volatilization losses When discussing types of fertilizer for Nitrogen topdressing you can always be sure of lots of debate about the merits of Urea fertilizer vs Ammonium sources such as CAN. Urea fertilizer remains the least expensive form of Nitrogen at […]

Celebrating World Soil Day, December 5th 2018

By Ruth Vaughan, Msc. Applied Science Today is World Soil Day. However, Africa continues to be affected by hunger and low crop yields. Populations are increasing and soil fertility is dropping. Traditional farming methods relied on larger areas of land and long periods of fallow but, with increasing pressure on the land this is no […]

How To Spot Fake Fertilizers Sold By Rogue Suppliers

Fake fertilizer scandals have rocked the country lately and farmers are wary of falling victim to rogue fertilizer suppliers. Here’s how to net them It is that time of the year when farmers are preparing their farms and are ready to plant taking advantage of the rains come next planting season. Every farmer normally hopes […]

How To Reduce Pesticide Use Through Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

By Kabuba Purity Integrated Pest Management (IPM) has since become a buzzword in the floriculture industry. It is the ideal concept to subscribe to and everyone aches to be seen either as an adopter or advocate of IPM. Nevertheless, beyond the hype, we have witnessed positive progress in the manner which Kenyan flower growers are […]

Think Agronomy: Does Row Spacing Affect Cereal Yield?

By David Jones, Broad Acre Agronomist, Msc. Agriculture In most parts of the world growers have confidence in optimum seed rates and row spacing for cereals for their conditions, which strike a balance between high yields in good years and stable, consistent yields and grain quality in drier years. This is the product of comprehensive […]

Outbreak of E. coli Infections Linked to Romaine Lettuce in the US

Romaine lettuce has been linked to an outbreak of E. coli in the US and Canada, health officials say. At least 32 people have been sickened in the US, with 13 taken to hospital, while another 18 people have been stricken in Canada. US officials said consumers, restaurants and retailers should throw away all kinds […]