Entries by Cropnuts

Pesticide Residue & Heavy Metals Analysis Update

By Ruth Vaughan, Msc. Applied Science Our business is offering fast and reliable laboratory analyses.  Our partners in the Netherlands are continuously working on improvements to pesticide screening. This week they have extended and improved their screening analysis package for determination of pesticide residues for leaf and (ornamental) crop samples. What are the improvements? The […]

Why Soil Organic Matter Is So Important

Natural organic fertilizers are derived from animal or plant matter, manures, algal and seaweed products, and organic wastes from processing and food industries.  They have a high carbon content and tend to be more diverse in nutrient content, slower acting, longer lasting and benefit agriculture by not only adding important plant nutrients, but also building […]

Think Agronomy: New KWS Aliciana Barley Variety Launched

By David Jones, Broad Acre Agronomist, Msc. Agriculture Kenya Breweries are introducing a new malting barley variety, KWS Aliciana, giving growers an alternative to Quench, Cocktail, Grace and the likes of Nguzo. This is a very interesting move because KWS is the world’s largest privately owned plant breeder, based in Germany but operating globally, and […]

Kenya Airways Flights To New York – Big Opportunity For Horticulture Farmers

INDUSTRY NEWS By Beth Ngugi The Kenya Airways direct flight to New York is an exciting promise of an expanded market which will mean increased trade opportunities for Kenya fresh produce farmers. The permit is scheduled to be effective from 5th September. “Scheduled and charter foreign air transportation of persons, property, and mail from any […]

Think Agronomy: Choosing The Right Canola Variety

By David Jones, Broad Acre Agronomist, Msc. Agriculture We already know that Canola is a very well adapted crop to a range of conditions in Kenya, and brings some great rotational benefits. But what about choosing the right canola variety? Essentially there are two very different canola variety options and it is very important to […]

Russian Wheat Aphid Alert In Wheat & Barley

By David Jones, Broad Acre Agronomist, Msc. Agriculture Growers are warned to keep a close eye out for Russian Wheat Aphid in wheat and barley crops. The small aphid around 2mm in length produces a toxic saliva when feeding on young plants, giving rise to a characteristic white and red streaking up the leaves of […]

Maize Farming In Kenya Showing Symptom Of An Ailing Agric System?

News Editorial By Emmanuel Atamba 28th October 2018 Maize farming in Kenya is at crossroads. Maize farmers from key maize growing regions find themselves in limbo as there is maize still pending in the NCPB stores, there’s maize in their stores and still more maize coming in through the borders. To arrest the problem, there […]