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Humic acid boosts harvests by enhancing essential elements uptake

Farmers applying organic fertilisers containing humic acid can boost harvests by 50 per cent as a result of enhanced uptake of essential elements that promote growth in crops. Agronomist Michael Mwangi says the acid makes macro and micro nutrients necessary for growth available to crops roots besides easing ionic exchanges. “Nitrogen, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, …

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KALRO informs soil liming can double crop yields, launches farmer handbook

Most farmers across the country remain unaware that soil acidity reduces crop yield by almost 50 per cent regardless the amount of fertilizer you use. This poses a major threat to the agricultural sector– the country’s economic backbone. Through a comparison done on farms where liming was applied production doubled, a small holder farmer in …

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Jeremy Musila French beans

Agronomist: Excess fertiliser application may cut crop yields by half

Farmer applying fertiliser to his French beans. Excess application of fertiliser to crops can cut production by half leading to losses. Photo courtesy. Adding more commercial and organic fertiliser may cut by half the season harvest due to accumulation of ‘unnecessary’ nutrients in the soil that lead to poor performance of crops. According to Crop …

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