Cropnuts Limuru

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…

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…
Precision Agriculture

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…
potato variety in Kenya

Complete Guide To Potato Varieties Grown In Kenya

What follows is a list of potato varieties produced in Kenya by seed potato variety producers KALRO, Agrico East Africa, International Potato Centre (CIP), Bioplant GmbH, Africalla among others Seed Potato Variety 1. Roslin Eburu (B53) It…

How We Can Increase Kenya Certified Seed Potato Production

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…
potato harvesting

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…
Soil fertility

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…
fertilizer

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…
Powdery vs Downey Mildew

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…
nutrition deficiency

A Quick Breakdown Of The Main Nutritional Elements Needed By Crops

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