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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…
soil organic matter

Why Soil Organic Matter Is So Important

By Ruth Vaughan, Msc. Applied Science Organic fertilizers are derived from animal or plant matter, manures, algal and seaweed products, and organic wastes from processing and food industries.  They have a high carbon content and tend to be…
nodulation in legumes

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…
Avocado farming

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…

French Beans (Mishiri) Farmer In Meru Puts Soil Analysis To The Test

By Oscar Adika Does soil testing really work? Laban Kirimi, a French beans (commonly known as Mishiri) farmer in Meru, put soil analysis to the test and we have the results.. When Laban first tested his soil, he was very enthusiastic to see…

Dealing With Fall Army Worm, Copper Deficiency & Stem Rust In Cereal Crops

By David Jones, Broad Acre Agronomist, Msc. Agriculture 15th August 2018 Current Fall Armyworm Update Fall Armyworm pressure is manageable in most parts of the country at present, with the exception of hotter areas (>30C) where numbers…
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Anne Muturi: How Soil Analysis Has Helped Me Farm With Information

Ann has won many hats in the past from being a student of math and chemistry at university level, an IT professional and an NGO practitioner to her now current occupation which is farming. She’s been farming for the last 3 years and decided…
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.…

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…