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Understanding Boron Deficiency In Crops

Boron deficiency symptoms first appear at growing points of the shoot and roots and in the flowering and fruiting structures. Often terminal buds die and shoot internodes shorten, leading to stubby, distorted new growth emerging from side shoots…

What Happened To Last Year's Fertilizer? Tips For Budget-Conscious Farmers

By Dr. Rob Mikkelsen, Ph.D. University of California (Soil Science) Everyone is looking to get the most value from everything they do. With the ever-tightening squeeze between farm inputs and crop prices, it just makes good sense to…

Think Agronomy: Maximizing The Performance of Urea Fertilizer

This article breaks down how to prevent Urea fertilizer and other Nitrogen fertilizer ammonia volatilization losses When discussing types of fertilizer for Nitrogen topdressing you can always be sure of lots of debate about the merits of Urea…

OPINION: The Food We Eat Should Inspire Joy, Not Fear

By Jonathan Bardzik Food brings joy. Although lately it feels like food also brings a lot of fear and confusion. What should and shouldn’t we eat? There are seemingly endless new rules and opinions about what will make you healthy and what…

KTDA Partners With Cropnuts to Test Kenya Tea Farmers' Soils

The Kenya Tea Development Agency (KTDA) has began conducting soil & leaf testing among small-scale Kenya tea farmers in Kenya to determine the best fertiliser for them. Improving Kenya Tea Farmers' Production The project, a joint venture…

Maize Nitrogen Topdressing & Fall Armyworm Update

By David Jones, Broad Acre Agronomist Maize Nitrogen topdressing is crucial. Much of the final yield is determined at this stage. In this article, we explore ways to get it right when applying the maize topdressing Nitrogen fertilizer. We had…

Practical Steps to Optimising Nitrogen Applications

The optimum amount of Nitrogen that a crop needs varies significantly, not only depending on soil type and yield potential, but also from year to year. Nitrogen commonly represents the largest single variable cost in many crops, but how…

The Beneficial Effects of Leaving Crop Residue on your Fields

As defined by FAO, Conservation agriculture aims to achieve sustainable and profitable agriculture and subsequently aims at improved livelihoods of farmers through the application of the three CA principles: minimal soil disturbance, permanent…

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…

Building The Potential Of Your Maize Crop

In recent years there has been a trend among maize growers to apply Calcium Ammonium Nitrate (CAN) fertiliser to their crops in preference to Urea. The lower volatilisation risk in dry soils and the perceived neutral effect on soil acidity…