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Crop Health And Balanced Nutrition Shows The Way To Higher Yields

We often talk about the importance of healthy plants in reducing pests and diseases, but how often do we actually see the visual benefits? Reducing fungicide use is important not just for Integrated Crop Management (ICM), but keeping input…
fertilizer

What Happened To Last Year's Fertilizer? Tips For Budget-Conscious Farmers

By Dr. Rob Mikkelsen, Ph.D. University of California (Soil Science) Everyone is looking to get the most value from everything they do. With the ever-tightening squeeze between farm inputs and crop prices, it just makes good sense to reevaluate…
Potato farming in kenya

When Chips Are Down Get Them Up! Starter Guide To Profitable Potato Farming

By Ruth Vaughan, CropNuts Technical Director, Msc. Applied Science Potato farming production around the globe has risen steadily over the years (267 million metric tons in 1990 to 377 million metric tons in 2016).  China is the largest…
nutrition deficiency

A Quick Breakdown Of The Main Nutritional Elements Needed By Crops

What follows is a description of visual symptoms related to specific nutritional deficiencies commonly found in crops. While useful as a starting point to diagnosing production problems, keep in mind that multiple nutritional disorders often…
Nitrification

Understanding The Nitrogen Nutrient In The Soil (Part 2)

By Graeme Sait, Author of ‘Nutrition Rules!’, Consultant, CEO Nutri-Tech Solutions (NTS) In the first part of this article, we discussed the nuances of nitrogen, the most misused of all minerals. In this installment, I will continue…

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 fertilizer

How To Spot Fake Fertilizers Sold By Rogue Suppliers

Fake fertilizer scandals have rocked the country lately and farmers are wary of falling victim to rogue fertilizer suppliers. Here's how to net them It is that time of the year when farmers are preparing their farms and are ready to plant taking…
organic fertilizers in kenya

Why Soil Organic Matter Is So Important

Natural 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 more diverse in nutrient content,…
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…