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Crop Costings To Make Better Cropping Decisions

As farmers plan ahead for cropping in 2020, understanding the input costs and gross margins of the various crops is crucial for farm planning and budgeting. When we look across our agronomy clients throughout the country and the amount spent…

Importance Of Changing Crop Planting Date

Very often we talk about the ideal sowing or planting window for crops. There is without doubt an optimum for every crop and region – within the limitations of what the weather might do - but too often we view this in a perfect, utopian farming…
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Maize Fungicide Spray Recommendations

As maize crops approach tassling it is well worth considering the disease risk and likely returns from a fungicide application. The first consideration is whether the crop can realistically be sprayed, which of course depends on the equipment…

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…
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Spraying Potatoes Before Harvesting - Cropnuts

The main objective of the potato harvesting operation is to lift the crop with minimum damage to tubers as well as minimum amount of clay, dirt and stones. The first stage of potato harvesting is to desiccate or “burn-off” the foliage…
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Improving Nodulation In Legumes

By David Jones, Broad Acre Agronomist, Msc. Agriculture Legume nodulation. If there is one topic that we receive more advice on than any other, it is probably how to improve nodulation in legumes, and ultimately the nitrogen fixation, of our…
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Popular Small Grain Seeders

As an agronomist I get asked a great deal about small grain seeders. And for good reason; a crop’s inherent yield is not decided by the combine, sprayer, or any other operation in its life, but by the machine that puts it in the ground. So…
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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…
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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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How I Improved Maize Yield From 6 To 32 Bags Per Acre

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 farm in Endebes…