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farm planning and budgeting

Crop Costings To Make Better Cropping Decisions

As farmers plan ahead for cropping in 2020, understanding the input costs and gross margins of the various crops is crucial for farm planning and budgeting. When we look across our agronomy clients throughout the country and the amount spent…
importance of soil fertility

Healthy Soil Is The Real Key To Feeding The World

Healthy soil is the real key to feeding the world. One of the biggest modern myths about agriculture is that organic farming is inherently sustainable. It can be, but it isn’t necessarily. After all, soil erosion from chemical-free tilled…
French beans farming and market prices in Kenya 2019

French Beans Farming Guide

French beans, also known as snap or green beans, and locally in Kenya as mishiri, are a major export crop. Interest in french beans farming is fast-growing for both fresh consumption and processing (mainly canning and freezing). French beans…
Plant nutrient deficiency symptoms pictures

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…
soil fertility management practices

Soil Fertility Effect On Crop Pests & Diseases

Soil fertility management requires careful application of science and skill to meet production, environmental, and social goals. Fertilizers are responsible for over half of global food production, but there are areas in world with nutrient…
Plant nutrient deficiency symptoms pictures

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…
Potato

Starter Guide To Profitable Potato Farming

Potato farming in Kenya is gaining ground as demand for the potatoes grow due rapid urbanization and the good price the crop fetches.. Potato farming production around the globe has risen steadily over the years (267 million metric tons in…
Plant nutrient deficiency symptoms pictures

Nutrient Deficiency Symptoms Guide For Crops (With Pictures)

Nutrient deficiency disease symptoms is a common puzzle among crop farmers. What follows is a description of visual symptoms related to specific plant nutrition or nutrient deficiencies commonly found in crops. While useful as a starting point…
Plant nutrient deficiency symptoms pictures

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…
Plant nutrient deficiency symptoms pictures

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…