Entries by Cropnuts

Arable Farming Lessons From Zambia

9 ton/ha wheat, constant double cropping with Soybeans and 1,200mm annual rainfall. Zambia is a country of enormous agricultural potential but also immense agronomic challenges. We visited Somawhe Farm in Copperbelt Province to find out how they are adapting to the low grain prices, soil constraints and an alternating wheat and soya rotation… You would […]

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 […]

Potato Varieties Grown In Kenya

Seed potato varieties in Kenya are produced by certified seed producers such as KALRO, Agrico East Africa, International Potato Centre (CIP), Bioplant GmbH, Africalla among others Seed Potato Varieties List 1. Roslin Eburu B53 (by Kalro) It was released in 1953 by the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Institute (Kalro). It is recommended to for […]

Certified Seed Potato Production In Kenya

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 […]

Maize Variety List for 2019

Maize variety grown in kenya, their strong attributes and their vulnerabilities, especially to certain pests & diseases as tested in our maize crop trials. Maize Variety List Pannar 691 Maize Variety Still arguably the standard for yield despite being released in 2001. In most highland areas it requires 160 days to maturity. Good disease resistance […]

Role of Molybdenum in Healthy Crop Production

Molybdenum nutrient in crops and plants 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 row in the middle of the Periodic Table.  It can exist in many […]

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 […]