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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…
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…
16% VAT on pesticides

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,…
maize Fall armyworm insecticide

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…
Seed maize

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…
fall armyworm pesticides

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…
Fall army worm control

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…
Fall Army Worm

What Effect Does Prolonged, Heavy Rain Have On Fall Armyworm?

Fall Armyworm pressure is notably lower so far this season. That does not mean for a moment that we should slacken our approach, and there are undoubtedly areas of the country that are still seeing serious damage, but the early and heavier than…
Makongi farm success story

Makongi Farm Success Story: Succeeding Against All Odds

By Wanyaka Gituku Despite the drought & fall army worm challenge in 2017, Tim - a maize farmer and Owner of Makongi Farm in Eldoret - harvested his maize and he has every reason to smile.. In Eldoret county lies an expansive farm located…