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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,…

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…

Sunflowers - Worth A Closer Look?

By David Jones, Broad Acre Agronomist, Msc. Agriculture A couple of months ago I looked at the gross margins of different crops in order to understand their profitability. We all know of course that the cash that a crop generates after seeds,…
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Planning For Profitable Crop Rotation

Crop rotation. It may seem as though the off season is a long way away for many growers in Kenya, but it will arrive quickly and now is a good time to review how best to use the land in the fallow period. Having experienced what for many is…
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Crop Residue Benefits

Crop residue left on the fields has many known beneficial effects. For one, the residues are used as a nutrition source for soil organisms which slowly break it down into smaller and finer particles which end up constituting soil organic matter.…

Planning Your Crop Rotation

A sound rotation has many benefits; here we discuss a few key points when planning to improve the performance of your farm. All plants have favoured soil types and climates which need to be appreciated when choosing which crops to introduce…

The Mighty Millipede: Friend-turned-foe?

By Ruth Vaughan The decomposers' heroic deeds in farms are fast being replaced by a trail of destructive activities Have the beneficial worm Millipede turned predatory? This is the question scientists and some potato farmers are grappling…