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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…
Soil compaction by machinery

Controlled Traffic Farming Part 3 – How To Make CTF Work On Your Farm.

By David Jones, Broad Acre Agronomist, Msc. Agriculture In part of 3 of our series looking into Controlled Traffic, we look at how it can still work on smaller farms and without spending large amount of money replacing equipment. Any farmer…
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.…
Soil health disaster mitigation

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…

Agrobacterium - The Rose Grower’s Nightmare

Agrobacterium tumefaciens is a rod shaped gram negative motile bacteria that lives in the soil.  It has flagella that allow it to swim through moisture films in soil and on plants.  On its own its harmless, but when combined with the Ti plasmid…
Planting

Setting Up For Top Yields In 2018 (Part 2): Soil Preparation & Planting

By David Jones, CropNuts Broad Acre Agronomist “Well Sown is Half Grown!” is an old saying about the importance of planting the crop well to give it the best chance in life. As we approach planting season it is important to remind ourselves…
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…
Agricultural Lime

Types of Lime And What To Look Out For

By David Jones, CropNuts Broad Acre Agronomist Last week we looked at the importance of liming and the returns it generates by maximising the efficiency with which nutrients can be used by the crop and improving the root environment for the…
Agricultural Lime

Are You Missing Out On Liming?

By David Jones, CropNuts Broad Acre Agronomist In this Think Agronomy issue: Are you diagnosing Fall Armyworm correctly in Sorghum? The benefits of liming and why it remains the most cost effective input Getting The Basics…

Concerns Grow over Fungicide Resistance in Net Blotch

By David Jones, Broad Acre Agronomist This week I’m looking at timing the ear spray fungicide for Fusarium control and dispelling some myths about what rates and products to use. There’s also some worrying news on Net Blotch in Barley on…