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…
Nitrification

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…
Nitrogen

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…

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…
Fake fertiliser

Helpful Tips On How To Spot Fake Fertiliser

By Prof Lenah Nakhone, PhD, Crop Horticulture & Soils Department, Egerton University It is that time of the year when farmers are preparing their farms and are ready to plant taking advantage of the rains come next planting season. Every…

How To Reduce Pesticide Use Through Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

By Kabuba Purity Integrated Pest Management (IPM) has since become a buzzword in the floriculture industry. It is the ideal concept to subscribe to and everyone aches to be seen either as an adopter or advocate of IPM. Nevertheless, beyond…
E. coli

Outbreak of E. coli Infections Linked to Romaine Lettuce in the US

Romaine lettuce has been linked to an outbreak of E. coli in the US and Canada, health officials say. At least 32 people have been sickened in the US, with 13 taken to hospital, while another 18 people have been stricken in Canada. US officials…