Entries by Cropnuts

The Disastrously Destructive Fall Army Worm (FAW)

Fall Army Worm (FAW), is a new emerging invasive pest that is wreaking havoc in Kenya and many other parts of the world, causing huge losses to farmers and impacting on food security.  FAW or Spodoptera frugiperda, is a caterpillar native to tropical and sub-tropical regions of the Americas.  FAW was first detected in West […]

How Agriculture Technology is Revolutionizing the Food Industry

To keep up with the ever-increasing needs of society, we need to rethink how we approach the food industry through agriculture technology. The global population will reach 8.5 billion by 2030, according to the UN. Making sure we can produce and distribute enough food to match the demand is already one of the greatest challenges […]

Changes in EU Legislation On Pesticide Residues [July 2019 Update]

Recently, the EU have published 5 changes to regulations regarding pesticide residues. These changes will become active in April and August of 2019 and include reductions and elevations of the Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs) for different products: 1. Regulation EU 2019/88 is an amendment to Annex II to Regulation EU 396/2005, and describes a change […]

Dealing With Rising Fall Armyworm Threat, Precision Farming Challenges & Late Planted Wheat

Today’s issue of #ThinkAgronomy tackles main Agronomy challenges that crop up during planting and during the onset of the rains which is being experienced in most parts of the country. Fall Armyworm Following the sporadic rain over the past two weeks, Fall Armyworm larvae have appeared rapidly. Do not be complacent; spray as soon as the first larvae are seen, and assume […]

Understanding Boron Deficiency In Crops

Boron deficiency symptoms first appear at growing points of the shoot and roots and in the flowering and fruiting structures. Often terminal buds die and shoot internodes shorten, leading to stubby, distorted new growth emerging from side shoots causing a bushy rosetted look. Boron is the first element in Group 13, the aluminium family, of […]

What Is The Best Way To Apply Sulphur?

Sulphur prices We have seen some interesting responses to sulphur over the last two years of our trials, and one of the key questions I am asked is “What is the best way to apply Sulphur?” Bearing in mind that the best way is not always the cheapest way, I have broken down the cost […]

Recent Changes In EU Maximum Residue Levels [April 2019 Update]

A number of changes to regulation EC 396/2005 have been published affecting Pesticide Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs) . The first regulation has already been active since the first of January 2019. The other changes will become active in July and August of 2019. These changes include both reductions as increases of the MRLs. Regulation EC […]