Entries by Cropnuts

Meru Farmer Doubles His Onion Yield With Daktari Wa Udongo

By Oscar “To be a successful farmer one must first know the nature of the soil.” – Xenophon, Oeconomicus, 400 B.C. James Mbogo is a farmer at heart. For 7 seven years now he’s been tilling his one acre farm at Ngare Ndare in Meru County. Onions is his favorite crop. And for a while now he’s […]

Key Facts To Help You Combat Disease In Barley

By David Jones, Broad Acre Agronomist, Msc. Agriculture Along with Brome Grass, disease – and specifically Net Blotch – is the main yield robber disease in barley here in Kenya. But with the range of fungicide products on the market, where do you start to ensure that you maximise the return on your fungicide spend […]

Pesticides, Pollinators and the Potential for Change

By Anne-Marie Steyn, Msc. Environmental Water Management The impending neonicotinoid ban in the EU, and its potential impact on farmers and pollinators, leads us to the question: How does pesticide use affect pollinators here in Kenya? Pesticide use Subsistence maize farmers, the majority, use very little fertiliser, let alone insecticides, except for situations such as the […]

THINK AGRONOMY: Improving Pollination In Seed Maize

By David Jones, Broad Acre Agronomist, Msc. Agriculture Maximizing yield in commercial maize is tricky enough, but for seed maize there is the added complication of ensuring the female plants are adequately fertilised by the weak and variable male rows. With the best intentions, inbreed male lines are fickle and without the heterosis effect of […]

12 Tips On Building Healthy Soil In Greenhouses

By Ruth Vaughan, CropNuts Technical Director, Msc. Applied Science When you grow plants out in the open field, your soil has time to rest and regenerate. Not so in the greenhouse, where the climate is much hotter and the soil and plants are working hard all year round. Soil temperatures are higher and you need […]

Nematodes: Our Silent Nemesis?

By Ruth Vaughan, Technical Director at CropNuts, Msc. Applied Science Nemesis – the inescapable agent of someone’s or something’s downfall.  Synonymous with downfall, ruin, ruination, undoing, destruction Nematodes are microscopic, non-segmented, round worms that come under the Phylum Nematoda.  They are very diverse and live in organisms, plants, soils and water (terrestrial and aquatic).  100 […]

Sadique Babu: Why I Left My Office Career For The Farm

By Wanyaka Gituku Swanky offices, executive boardrooms, luxury cars on urban roads, freshly pressed suits and all other trappings of a successful career in the conventional corporate world is what Sadique Babuh traded for a simple life on the farm. We meet 24 year old Babuh on his parents’ expansive 700 acre farm in Endebes […]