maize varieties

Highland Maize Varieties for 2019

What follows is a list of highland maize varieties grown in kenya, their strong attributes and their vulnerabilities, especially to certain pests & diseases. Highland Maize Varieties Pannar 691 Still arguably the standard for yield…

Comparing Original Vs Generic Pesticide Performance

Most generic pesticides are budget friendly, but is the performance of the generic pesticide any different from the original branded pesticide? Generic or ‘off-patent’ pesticides can represent a great way of making savings in input costs.…

Using Sunflowers To Reduce Brome Grass in Wheat

Today we explore some benefits of including sunflowers in your crop rotation cycle especially when growing wheat. I have discussed the benefits of Sunflowers in the rotation in previous editions of #ThinkAgronomy, in reducing nematode populations,…

T3 Fungicide Spray Tips For Battling Fusarium In Wheat

What's the optimum timing for T3 fungicide spraying in wheat and barley? Getting your T3 spraying right is effective in Fusarium control Fusarium is not only a yield robbing disease in wheat (and barley), but it also produces Mycotoxins…
wheat seed treatment

The Importance Of Cereal Seed Treatments

Getting the seed treatment right is crucial with cereals to control seed borne diseases such as Fusarium Seedling Blight and Loose Smut, and to protect the young plant against aphid borne BYDV. Recently I have heard many farmers tell me…
Fall army worm

Genetically Modified Maize – The Answer To Our Fall Armyworm Prayers?

Would genetically modified (GMO) maize put an end to our Fall Armyworm woes? Let's explore this intriguing topic Relentless crop scouting, continual insecticide spraying with rising spray costs, and concerns about the final effects on yield…
aphid control

Effective Aphid Control Depends On The Aphid Species

Aphid control measures differ, depending on whether you're dealing with Mealy Cabbage Aphid or the Green Peach Aphid Too often, I receive calls from growers confused by poor aphid control, highlighting why it is vital to correctly identify…

Crop Health And Balanced Nutrition Shows The Way To Higher Yields

We often talk about the importance of healthy plants in reducing pests and diseases, but how often do we actually see the visual benefits? Reducing fungicide use is important not just for Integrated Crop Management (ICM), but keeping input…
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 farming in kenya

Barley Farming In Kenya: How We Achieved Massive 11.84 ton/ha Yield

Barley farming in Kenya is setting new yield records as witnessed in various barley trials conducted in Timau, Meru County. Trials are a huge part of making progress in farming, and back in September 2018 we harvested something truly special.…