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. A plot of barley – 10 metres long by 2 metres in length – that produced a yield of 11.84 tons per hectare (52 bags per acre).
To put this in context, barley farming in Kenya produces an average yield of somewhere between 2.5 and 3.0 t/ha. So thanks to the Agventure Centre of Excellence and CropNuts Trials Networks, we take a look at how this was achieved, and what lessons can be put into practice on your farm.
|GS 23 mid tillering||0.5 l/ha Artea (propiconazole + cyproconazole)|
|GS 30 stem erect||1.0 l/ha Skyway (prothioconazole + tebuconazole + bixafen)|
|GS 41 flag leaf sheath ext.||0.75 l/ha Skyway|
|GS 65 mid flowering||1.0 l/ha Abacus (pyraclostrobin + epoxiconazole)|
Thank you and well done to all those involved!
|Barley plot – vital stats|
|Tillers per plant at ear emergence||4.8|
|Planting date||12th March|
|Harvest date||7th September|
|Duration of crop||25 weeks / 175 days|
|Nitrogen in soil at start to 60cm||90 kg|
|Nitrogen inputs||138 kg|
|N removed in grain at 1.5% N||178 kg|
|source: Cropnuts/Agventure Ltd.|
Farming for the future requires a change of approach. Monoculture, soil degradation and climate change and soil degradation are threats to the future of how we feed the planet. Agventure Ltd set up the Center of Excellence for Crop Rotation to help farmers diversify cropping systems and introduce techniques which have a long-term outlook to improve soil health. The Center of Excellence for Crop Rotation works extensively with Crop Nutrition Laboratory Services Ltd (CropNuts).
Till next time,
David Jones is the Broad Acre Specialist at Crop Nutrition Laboratory Services Ltd. (CROPNUTS). David has a keen interest in soils and no till farming systems where he has undertaken work looking into weed levels and changes in soil structure, and has extensive experience in field trials and in the development of precision farming techniques. In his spare time he enjoys playing rugby.
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