Agronomy

10 Practical Agronomy Tips From The Association of Independent Crop Consultants (AICC) Annual Conference

By David Jones, Broad Acre Agronomist, Msc. Agriculture Farmers in the UK are benefiting from an early planting window. Last week I had a chance to visit growers averaging 12 t/ha (+50 bags/acre) of wheat, and look at how they are aiming…
Barley yield

The Inside Story Of How We Achieved Massive 11.84 ton/ha Barley Yield

By David Jones, Broad Acre Agronomist, Msc. Agriculture Trials are a huge part of making progress in farming, and back in September 2018 we harvested something truly special. A plot of barley – 10 metres long by 2 metres in length – that…
Farming in 2018

Think Agronomy: Review Of The Year 2018

By David Jones, Broad Acre Agronomist, Msc. Agriculture If 2017 was to be remembered for the late and under-whelming long rains, this year has been a lesson in being careful what we wish for and adapting to a turbulent ‘new norm’. Looking…
urea vs can topdressing

Think Agronomy: Maximising The Performance of Urea

By David Jones, Broad Acre Agronomist, Msc. Agriculture When discussing types of fertiliser for Nitrogen topdressing you can always be sure of lots of debate about the merits of Urea vs Ammonium sources such as CAN. Urea remains the least expensive…
cereal row spacing & crop yield

Think Agronomy: Does Row Spacing Affect Cereal Yield?

By David Jones, Broad Acre Agronomist, Msc. Agriculture In most parts of the world growers have confidence in optimum seed rates and row spacing for cereals for their conditions, which strike a balance between high yields in good years and…
KWS Aliciana barley variety

Think Agronomy: New KWS Aliciana Barley Variety Launched

By David Jones, Broad Acre Agronomist, Msc. Agriculture Kenya Breweries are introducing a new malting barley variety, KWS Aliciana, giving growers an alternative to Quench, Cocktail, Grace and the likes of Nguzo. This is a very interesting…
Canola

Think Agronomy: Choosing The Right Canola Variety

By David Jones, Broad Acre Agronomist, Msc. Agriculture We already know that Canola is a very well adapted crop to a range of conditions in Kenya, and brings some great rotational benefits. But what about choosing the right canola variety? Essentially…
broad leaved herbicides

Think Agronomy: Broad-Leaved Herbicide Options For Cereals

By David Jones, Broad Acre Agronomist, Msc. Agriculture With many wheat and barley crops being dry planted this season, broadleaved weed control is likely to be a challenge when the rain does arrive. We review the options available and the…
Russian wheat aphid

Russian Wheat Aphid Alert In Wheat & Barley

By David Jones, Broad Acre Agronomist, Msc. Agriculture Growers are warned to keep a close eye out for Russian Wheat Aphid in wheat and barley crops. The small aphid around 2mm in length produces a toxic saliva when feeding on young plants,…
Soil compaction by machinery

Controlled Traffic Farming Part 3 – How To Make CTF Work On Your Farm.

By David Jones, Broad Acre Agronomist, Msc. Agriculture In part of 3 of our series looking into Controlled Traffic, we look at how it can still work on smaller farms and without spending large amount of money replacing equipment. Any farmer…