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How to grow cabbages in rotation with legumes for more benefits

Cabbage gives higher yields at a lower cost when grown in rotation with leguminous African leafy vegetables (ALV) like cowpea (kunde) and sunhemp (mitoo, miroo) The ALVs fix nitrogen that benefit ts the cabbage crop whose head weight increases from an average of 2 kg to 3 kg, for the varieties which are small headed. The cowpea and sunhemp leaves …

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Green Gram: Variety: N26 or KVR 26 (KAT/MB26 Katumani mung Bean 26) (Beans)

Climatic requirements, seed rate, maturity and potential yield Has a determinate growth habit Flowers are auxiliary on short penduncles and purple in colour Pods are black and contain shiny green grains 85% of the grains are shiny green and bold Flowers in 40-45 days Matures in 60-65 days Potential yields range from 300-1500kg/ha or 520-600 kg/acre Where grown/Recommended zones N26 …

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We won! Thank you for voting for Graduate Farmer

We would like to take a moment to thank all of our wonderful & loyal readers and the members for voting www.graduate farmer.co.ke as the Best Agricultural Blog in Kenya 2017 #BakeAwards. It is such a great honor,we couldn’t have done it without your support. Thank You! Since 2012, the BAKE Awards has recognized and awarded exceptional Kenyan bloggers in …

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Guide to making Silage

Silage is the material produced by controlled fermentation, under anaerobic conditions, of chopped crop residues or forages with high moisture contents. Silage is produced by the activities of naturally-occurring bacteria that convert some of the plant sugars into organic acids that preserve nutritional qualities. Ideal characteristics of material used in silage making: Moisture content of 60-70%. pH below 4.2 for wet crops …

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How to grow Managu

The African Nightshade, also called Managu or Sucha, is widely distributed throughout the tropics and can be found throughout East Africa. The plant is an erect, many-branched herb growing 0.5 to 1.0 m high. Managu bears thin, oval, slightly purplish leaves up to 15 cm in length, has numerous white flowers and usually purple to black, round berries about 0.75 …

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Rearing Dairy Goats in Kenya

Throughout Kenya pressure on land is increasing. Average farm size is decreasing as plots are sub-divided and farmers in Kenya struggle to find space on their farms to grow subsistence and cash crops as well as keep livestock. Many farmers in Kenya would like to keep dairy cows but do not have the money to buy animals and build zero-grazing units …

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How to Know if a Watermelon is Ready for Harvest

Kenyans love watermelons! During the dry season you will find most people buying and eating watermelons from vendors along the road. For most beginner watermelon farmers in Kenya it is really hard to know if a watermelon is ready for harvest or not without cutting it. Here are a few tips to help beginner farmers in Kenya identify and select …

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