Entries by Cropnuts

The Importance Of Cereal Seed Treatments

Getting the seed treatment right is crucial with cereals to control seed borne diseases such as Fusarium Seedling Blight and Loose Smut, and to protect the young plant against aphid borne BYDV. Recently I have heard many farmers tell me that they are planning to plant less – or no – maize this season and […]

Effective Aphid Control Depends On The Aphid Species

Aphid control measures differ, depending on whether you’re dealing with Mealy Cabbage Aphid or the Green Peach Aphid Too often, I receive calls from growers confused by poor aphid control, highlighting why it is vital to correctly identify the species before deciding on aphid control measures. Once again the hotter, drier conditions at this time […]

Spraying Potatoes Before Harvesting: Tips For Effective Crop Desiccation

The main objective of the potato harvesting operation is to lift the crop with minimum damage to tubers as well as minimum amount of clay, dirt and stones. The first stage of potato harvesting is to desiccate or “burn-off” the foliage (haulms). Potato Harvesting Desiccation Good haulm desiccation is crucial to lifting and storing good potatoes. Number 1, getting […]

Why Soil Fertility Is The #1 Defense Against Crop Pests & Disease

By Dr. Rob Mikkelsen, Ph.D. (Soil Science) Fertilizers are responsible for over half of global food production, but there are areas in world with nutrient deficiency and other areas of nutrient excess. Managing soil fertility requires careful application of science and skill to meet production, environmental, and social goals. Getting crops off to a good […]

What Happened To Last Year’s Fertilizer? Tips For Budget-Conscious Farmers

By Dr. Rob Mikkelsen, Ph.D. University of California (Soil Science) Everyone is looking to get the most value from everything they do. With the ever-tightening squeeze between farm inputs and crop prices, it just makes good sense to reevaluate where the added fertilizer is going each year. The purpose of adding nutrients to soil is […]

Starter Guide To Profitable Potato Farming

Potato farming in Kenya is gaining ground as demand for the potatoes grow due rapid urbanization and the good price the crop fetches.. Potato farming production around the globe has risen steadily over the years (267 million metric tons in 1990 to 377 million metric tons in 2016).  China is the largest producer of potatoes […]