Fall army worm (FAW)

The Disastrously Destructive Fall Army Worm (FAW)

Fall Army Worm (FAW), is a new emerging invasive pest that is wreaking havoc in Kenya and many other parts of the world, causing huge losses to farmers and impacting on food security.  FAW or Spodoptera frugiperda, is a caterpillar native to…
Pesticide Residue

Changes in EU Legislation On Pesticide Residues [July 2019 Update]

Recently, the EU have published 5 changes to regulations regarding pesticide residues. These changes will become active in April and August of 2019 and include reductions and elevations of the Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs) for different products: 1.…
Potato

Understanding Boron Deficiency In Crops

Boron deficiency symptoms first appear at growing points of the shoot and roots and in the flowering and fruiting structures. Often terminal buds die and shoot internodes shorten, leading to stubby, distorted new growth emerging from side shoots…
Potato

Recent Changes In EU Maximum Residue Levels [April 2019 Update]

A number of changes to regulation EC 396/2005 have been published affecting Pesticide Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs) . The first regulation has already been active since the first of January 2019. The other changes will become active in July…
Potato

Role of Molybdenum in Healthy Crop Production

Molybdenum nutrient in crops 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 larow in the…
Potato

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…
Potato

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,…
Potato

Calcium Chronicles Part 2 - Calcium Nitrate Fertilizer Alternatives

Where to buy Calcium Nitrate Fertilizer? Well, due to port restrictions of the fertilizer into the country, here are some alternatives to CAN you can use As mentioned in the previous newsletter there are no water soluble, non-reactive calcium…
Potato

Why Calcium Ammonium Nitrate Is The Sovereign The Fertilizer

Calcium Ammonium Nitrate (CAN) fertilizer is currently in short supply in Kenya. What should farmers do? Let's first take a look at the role of Calcium in the soil and in crops In soil and plant nutrition calcium is King. Calcium Ammonium Nitrate…
Potato

6 Soil Care Tips For Successful Avocado Farming

By Ruth Vaughan, Msc. Applied Science Full of flavor, packing a high nutrient punch and neatly protected by its own skin, it is no wonder that the amazing avocado is gaining popularity as a healthy superfood.  The annual global demand is increasing…