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Fall army worm (FAW)

The Disastrously Destructive Fall Army Worm (FAW)

Fall Army Worm (FAW), is a new emerging invasive pest that is wreaking havoc in Kenya and many other parts of the world, causing huge losses to farmers and impacting on food security.  FAW or Spodoptera frugiperda, is a caterpillar native to…
Pesticide Residue

Changes in EU Legislation On Pesticide Residues [July 2019 Update]

Recently, the EU have published 5 changes to regulations regarding pesticide residues. These changes will become active in April and August of 2019 and include reductions and elevations of the Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs) for different products: 1.…
Rose plant diseases

Recent Changes In EU Maximum Residue Levels [April 2019 Update]

A number of changes to regulation EC 396/2005 have been published affecting Pesticide Maximum Residue Levels (MRLs) . The first regulation has already been active since the first of January 2019. The other changes will become active in July…
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Fall Armyworm Insecticides: What Works And What Doesn't

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…
How to protect bees from pesticides

Pesticide Toxicity To Bees & Other Pollinators

The impending neonicotinoid pesticide ban in the EU, and its potential impact on farmers and bees, leads us to the question: How does pesticide use affect pollinators here in Kenya? Pesticide use Subsistence maize farmers, the majority, use…
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Nematode: Our Silent Nemesis?

Nematode are microscopic, non-segmented, round worms that come under the Phylum Nematoda.  They are very diverse and live in organisms, plants, soils and water (terrestrial and aquatic).  100 cc of soil can contain several thousand nematodes. Nematodes…
Rose plant diseases

Changes In EU Pesticide Maximum Residue Levels [June 2018 Update]

Pesticide regulation via maximum residue level (MRL) testing allows the European Union to set maximum allowable crop pesticide residues in food Pesticide Regulation and MRL Testing A number of changes to regulation EC 396/2005 have been published.…
Rose plant diseases

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…
Rose plant diseases

Common Rose Plant Diseases & How To Prevent Them

Rose plant diseases limit production and quality. The most common diseases are fungal diseases. Rose Plant Diseases Causes For the disease-causing fungi to start growing you need a combination of factors to come together at one point in time: 1)…