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Dealing With Rising Fall Armyworm Threat, Precision Farming Challenges & Late Planted Wheat

Today's issue of #ThinkAgronomy tackles main Agronomy challenges that crop up during planting and during the onset of the rains which is being experienced in most parts of the country. Fall Armyworm Following the sporadic rain over…
Fall army worm (FAW)

Fall Army Worm Update, Maize Planting Tips & Copper Deficiency In Wheat/Barley

In this edition of Think Agronomy, we explore the current prevalence of Fall Army worm (FAW), how to get your maize planting right, and the early detection signs of copper deficiency in wheat and barley. Fall Armyworm Update Fall Armyworm…
profitable maize farming

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…
Kenya maize production

Think Agronomy: Review Of The Year 2018

Kenya’s maize production statistics in 2018 is estimated at 46m bags (90kg), well above the 5 year average of 40m bags, while the wheat harvest is predicted at 3m bags against the 5 year average of 3.5m bags. Kenya Maize Production in 2018 If…
profitable maize farming

OPINION: To Impose 16% VAT On Pesticides Is Baffling, Self-defeating

The proposal to apply 16% VAT on Pesticides is baffling. It may yet come to haunt the nation through its deleterious effect on agricultural productivity. The Tax Laws (Amendment) Act 2018 ought to be properly interrogated to avoid killing agriculture,…
profitable maize farming

Fall Armyworm Insecticides: What Works And What Doesn't

What follows is the release of the results of an fall army worm insecticide experiment investigating the effectiveness of various pesticides. Earlier in the year in #ThinkAgronomy I presented the results from a study of Maize Fall Armyworm…
profitable maize farming

THINK AGRONOMY: Improving Pollination In Seed Maize

By David Jones, Broad Acre Agronomist, Msc. Agriculture Maximizing yield in commercial maize is tricky enough, but for seed maize there is the added complication of ensuring the female plants are adequately fertilised by the weak and variable…
profitable maize farming

Profitable Maize Farming - How I Improved Yield From 6 To 32 Bags/Acre

By Wanyaka Gituku Profitable maize farming in Kenya is becoming a reality for most farmers who are readily taking up new technologies to help them to drastically improve yield. We meet 24 year old Babuh on his parents’ expansive 700 acre…
profitable maize farming

What Effect Are Fall Armyworm Pesticides Having on Other Species?

What effect are fall army worm pesticides having on non-target organisms like bees, earthworms & butterflies? Let's investigate.. Thankfully, it is a question that I am frequently asked when using and recommending pesticides which shows…
profitable maize farming

Fall Armyworm Control – Separating Chemical Performance From Poor Application

Fall army worm control depends on a number of factors such as pesticide application methods & effectiveness of the chemical itself One of the main issues I have encountered in carrying out trials in Fall Armyworm is the difficulty in separating…