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Celebrating World Soil Day, December 5th 2018

By Ruth Vaughan, Msc. Applied Science Today is World Soil Day. However, Africa continues to be affected by hunger and low crop yields. Populations are increasing and soil fertility is dropping. Traditional farming methods relied on larger areas…
Fake fertiliser

Helpful Tips On How To Spot Fake Fertiliser

By Prof Lenah Nakhone, PhD, Crop Horticulture & Soils Department, Egerton University It is that time of the year when farmers are preparing their farms and are ready to plant taking advantage of the rains come next planting season. Every…
Canola

Think Agronomy: Choosing The Right Canola Variety

By David Jones, Broad Acre Agronomist, Msc. Agriculture We already know that Canola is a very well adapted crop to a range of conditions in Kenya, and brings some great rotational benefits. But what about choosing the right canola variety? Essentially…
smallscale farming

Meru Farmer Doubles His Onion Yield With Daktari Wa Udongo

By Oscar “To be a successful farmer one must first know the nature of the soil.” - Xenophon, Oeconomicus, 400 B.C. James Mbogo is a farmer at heart. For 7 seven years now he's been tilling his one acre farm at Ngare Ndare in Meru County.…
Green house farming Kenya

Wamagata Ng'ang'a: Why More Fertilizer Isn't Always Better

By Oscar Adika   "More isn't better. It's just more. And if directed at the wrong things, it's actually worse." - anonymous Tucked in the middle of ever bustling and busy Kinoo area, lies a 3 acre farm. 2 small greenhouses, a cow/goat/chicken/rabbit…
Dairy Cow Milk Production

Ken Chemngorem: How I Improved My Milk Production With A Simple Soil Test

Deep in the heart of Nakuru county in Kenya, Ken Chemngorem is managing an impressive 20-acre modern farm. 14 dairy cows and 6 calves graze peacefully in the green terrain of the farm. For Ken, these cows mean a lot since they provide upto around…
Think Agronomy

Setting Up For Top Yields In 2018: Soil Sampling

By David Jones, CropNuts Broad Acre Agronomist This week in THINK AGRONOMY… Why soil sampling improves profitability How to sample properly Grid vs zone sampling It's The Planting Season As we approach planting in many areas…