Entries by Cropnuts

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 […]

Powdery Mildew Vs Downey Mildew: What’s The Difference?

“What is this white powdery substance infesting my tomatoes? Pls help” is a question frequently asked by most first-time greenhouse farmers. Chances are, it’s powdery mildew. Another common question is “What’s the difference between powdery mildew and downey mildew and what is used to treat them?” Let’s figure out this puzzle together.. Powdery Mildew Powdery […]

A Quick Breakdown Of The Main Nutrition Elements Needed By Crops

What follows is a description of visual symptoms related to specific nutrition deficiencies commonly found in crops. While useful as a starting point to diagnosing production problems, keep in mind that multiple nutrition 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

Kenya’s maize production statistics in 2018 is estimated at 46m bags (90kg), well above the 5 year average of 40m bags, while the wheat harvest is predicted at 3m bags against the 5 year average of 3.5m bags. Kenya Maize Production in 2018 If 2017 was to be remembered for the late and under-whelming long […]

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 […]