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Changes in EU Pesticide Maximum Residue Levels [October 2018 Update]

By Ruth Vaughan October 2018 A number of changes to regulation EC 396/2005 have been published. These regulations will become active in June 2018 and January 2019. These changes include both reductions and increases of the MRLs. Regulation…
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6 Soil Care Tips For Successful Avocado Farming

By Ruth Vaughan, Msc. Applied Science Full of flavor, packing a high nutrient punch and neatly protected by its own skin, it is no wonder that the amazing avocado is gaining popularity as a healthy superfood.  The annual global demand is increasing…
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Top Tips To Help You Design A Suitable Fertigation System

By Ruth Vaughan, Msc. Applied Science Fertigation is the application of fertilizer together with the irrigation water.  The most common form of fertigation in Kenya is via drip irrigation.  Fertigation provides precise nutrition, application…

12 Tips On Building Healthy Soil In Greenhouses

By Ruth Vaughan, CropNuts Technical Director, Msc. Applied Science When you grow plants out in the open field, your soil has time to rest and regenerate. Not so in the greenhouse, where the climate is much hotter and the soil and plants are…
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Nematodes: Our Silent Nemesis?

By Ruth Vaughan, Technical Director at CropNuts, Msc. Applied Science Nemesis - the inescapable agent of someone's or something's downfall.  Synonymous with downfall, ruin, ruination, undoing, destruction Nematodes are microscopic, non-segmented,…
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Changes In EU Pesticide Maximum Residue Levels [June 2018 Update]

By Ruth Vaughan June 2018 A number of changes to regulation EC 396/2005 have been published. These regulations will become active in June 2018 and December 2018. These changes include both reductions and increases of the Pesticide Maximum…
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The Role Of Soil Health In Natural Disaster Mitigation

By Ruth Vaughan You may think that the common factor between drought and flood in many places in Kenya is water, especially lately. Other than the lack or abundance of rain, the major reason for droughts and floods is the soil's health status…
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The Influence of Plant Nutrition on Pests and Diseases

Ruth Vaughan, Technical Director, CropNuts There is increasing pressure on us to grow healthy flowers, fruit and vegetables with less and less chemical pesticides.  The export markets we supply to check pesticide residues in the produce and…
Flower Industry Sustainability

Creating Sustainability In The Flower Industry (Part 2)

By Ruth Vaughan In Part 1 of our newsletter, we explored the various farming practices that improve the soil and the environment. In this second issue, we discuss various useful tips on how to maintain flower production over time (without…
Green house farming

Sodium Strategies: The effect of high soil sodium

By Ruth Vaughan, CropNuts Technical Director In Africa, and especially in Kenya, high soil sodium is one of the major causes of yield losses, quality reduction and crop failure in irrigated agriculture.  So today, in our first newsletter,…