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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…
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

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…
onion farming profitability

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…
Importance role of organic matter in soil fertility

Soil Organic Matter

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,…
onion farming profitability

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…
onion farming profitability

Meru Farmer Doubles Onion Yield

Onion farming is popular in Kenya and Africa because of the great demand the crop commands. We met up with James, one of our successful onion farmers to tell us his story. Profitable Onion Farming James Mbogo is a farmer at heart. For 7 seven…
onion farming profitability

The Role Of Soil Health In Natural Disaster Mitigation

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 and its inability…
onion farming profitability

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…