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How does your soil determine the fruits production?

Soil analysis in the lab

Growing fruit trees has countless benefits, such as providing tasty fruits, offering shade during hot weather, and adding attractive greenery around your home. Soil properties play an important role in the performance and productivity of your fruit trees. You need the right soil to ensure healthier growth and optimum production, apart from ideal climates. To understand the soil conditions, you need to test your soil, whether you are a new grower or running an established orchard. This will help you understand the soil properties such as soil drainage, fertility, texture, water-holding capacity, and health.

What are the idea soil conditions for fruit farming?

Generally, fruit trees such as macadamia, avocado, apples, mangoes, and tree tomato flourish in deep, fertile, and well-drained soils with a pH range of 5.5 to 7.0 and sandy or loamy texture. Deep soils support the trees’ deep root systems and provide sufficient room for the roots to spread. Good drainage enhances the soil’s water retention while holding the optimum water content required by the plants for a particular period. In pure sandy soils, the water-holding capacity is relatively low, which can be problematic for fruit trees. Wet or heavy clay soils, on the other hand, do not promote optimum root development, are poorly drained, and are susceptible to water-logging.

How does the soil affect fruit production?

The soil properties play a crucial role in determining how your fruits will perform. Some of the soil properties that affect the production include:

  • Drainage, depth, and fertility
  • pH levels

Drainage, depth and Fertility

The soil drainage varies in different types of soils. Fruits thrive in well-drained soils, especially loamy, sandy-loamy, or clay-loamy soils. Pure clay soils are susceptible to waterlogging. Excess water chokes the plant and prevents it from receiving enough oxygen. This leads to root rot, fungi development, stunted growth, and long-term tree stress. If this happens for extended periods, the tree dies. Sandy soils have a low water retention capacity and require more irrigation to keep the soil moist. When the tree’s water requirements are not fully met, drought stress occurs. The tree starts wilting, the leaves turn yellow and fall, flowers and fruits drop, and premature fruits ripen. Soil depth affects the growth of the roots and determines how the roots spread. Plants flourish infertile soils. Fruit trees need essential nutrients such as nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, sulfur, magnesium, and calcium. Besides, they need micronutrients like copper, nickel, chlorine, molybdenum, boron, manganese, and iron.  

How can you enhance soil drainage and fertility?

To enhance the fertility and drainage of your soil, you should add manure and compost. This can help increase the water and nutrient capacity, provide beneficial microorganisms, and enhance aeration in the soil. To add specific nutrients to the soil, you can use fertilizers sparingly. Conduct a soil test first to find out the nutrients lacking in your soil.

Effects of soil pH on plant growth?

Fruit trees flourish in a pH range of 5.5 to 7.0 and vary depending on the tree. If the soils are too acidic or alkaline, trace elements and key minerals. For instance, at low pH (highly acidic soils below 5.5), minerals such as iron, manganese, and aluminum become toxic to the plants while others become less available. Phosphorus, iron, and aluminum combine and form insoluble compounds. At high pH (high alkalinity above 7.5), molybdenum and boron become toxic, while calcium ties up phosphorus, making it unavailable to the fruit trees.

At a pH range of 5.5 to 7.0, nutrients such as phosphorus, sulfur, and nitrogen are available in the soil.

So, how do you regulate the soil pH?

To best determine how you should adjust your soil, you should seek help from professionals and agronomists who will first test your soil health and pH. Next, there are various soil-improvement techniques that you can use, which include:

  • Increasing the organic matter by adding manure, compost manure, crop rotation, and planting cover crops.
  • Applying fertilizers with the required nutrients to the soil.
  • Adding lime to raise and neutralize the soil pH.
  • Adding sulfur to lower and neutralize the soil pH.

Always get your soil tested by professionals

It’s not always possible to fully understand your soil conditions without a proper test. If you are a commercial fruit farmer, you know the value of investing in regular soil testing. Consult OxfarmAg for your soil testing services and keep your soil in the right conditions.

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5 ways you can harvest rainwater for use in fruit farming.

As a farmer, you need water to grow fruits and achieve the optimum performance of the trees. Rainwater is the most common source of irrigation for fruit trees, and harvesting it is an excellent way to cut costs for your fruit farming project. It’s an effective way to ensure a steady water supply for your trees. With the increasing effects of climate change, you need to devise innovative ways to use scarce resources to maximize fruit production. Rainwater allows you to keep your trees lush and green and enhances your agroforestry goals.

Harvesting rainwater from the roofs, trenches, and surfaces goes beyond placing containers under the gutters.

Here are five tips to help you get the most out of this practice:

Hire a professional to install your efficient water storage and irrigation system. This can save you time and resources in the long run since you will be working with an experienced team. They will ensure that you use the right equipment and set up your system correctly.

Find a site with good drainage if possible. Fruit trees need well-drained soil, so you’ll have to factor this into your planning. The site selected should be conducive for fruit production and close to your water storage area.

Diverting water from rooftops

Diverting rainwater from rooftops and other surfaces is one of the simplest ways to harvest rainwater for fruit farming. It involves using gutters and other tools to divert water to the desired storage area. You can do this using water pipes or directing the water to a pond or dam. However, you need to filter out debris to keep the water clean and contamination-free.

Collecting rainfall water

You can build a simple rainwater collection system on your property by installing downspouts from your gutters into storage tanks. The storage tanks should be large enough to store large water volumes for irrigation use during the dry season. Although some trees are drought-tolerant, they need to be watered regularly for optimum growth. Your storage area should be large enough to store enough water to inclement weather and seasonal droughts.

As a farmer, you can store water in:

  • Ponds
  • Large water storage tanks
  • Cisterns
  • Dams

Conserve the water

With unpredictable rainfall patterns and weather conditions, farmers need to use efficient water delivery systems to conserve the harvested water. Drip irrigation systems are highly efficient and deliver small amounts of water directly to the plant’s base at regular intervals. Compared to conventional sprinkler irrigation, drip systems reduce water use by more than 30 percent. They deliver water through a complex network of emitters and lines and are easy to install and maintain. Besides, they can be automated to enhance your irrigation efforts.

Maintaining a steady water supply is an integral part of fruit farming. The fruit tree needs it to grow. The farmer needs the water for irrigation. Take advantage of the rains and store enough water for use during the dry season. Whether you are an established farmer or a new one, water harvesting is a strategy that will work for you. Try it out this rainy season.

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5 Reasons why you are having unproductive fruit trees and what needs to happen to correct the situation

It can be disappointing to plant fruit trees only to fail to bear fruits. This happens by the trees not bearing flowers, having flowers but not producing fruits, bearing tiny fruits, or failing to yield anything. Regardless of what is happening, you need to get your magnifying glass and perform some little detective work. Here are various reasons why your trees are unproductive and their solutions.

Poor soil conditions

Although fruit trees tolerate most soil conditions, certain soils do not favor fruit farming. Fruit trees flourish in deep, fertile, well-drained soils with a pH range of 5.5 – 7.0. Soils that are too acidic or alkaline are not ideal for fruit farming. Alkaline soils, for instance, restrict water supply to the roots and lead to boron toxicity and zinc and phosphorus deficiencies. During flowering, plants require nutrients such as phosphorus and potassium. High alkalinity obstructs root development and prevents the plants from extracting essential nutrients from the soil. Low soil fertility is another challenge that may affect the productivity of your trees.

What is the solution

The trees require a balanced application of essential nutrients and optimum soil conditions during flowering, fruit development, and ripening. You can use lime to regulate the soil pH levels in the required range of 5.5 to 7.0. To enhance soil fertility, you should apply manure regularly. Besides, you can supplement this with fertilizers with high phosphorus and potassium rates.

Pollinations problems

Lack of pollination has a significant impact on flowering and can affect the productivity of the trees. This happens when there is a lack of insect activity, dry weather that lowers pollen viability, or inadequate pollen sources.

What is the solution?

You should introduce bees and other pollinators into your orchard to enhance pollination. Having beehives close to the orchard can help achieve this. Practicing bee farming near the orchard can also help.

Pests and diseases

Pests such as aphids, fruit flies, caterpillars, mites, and ants can affect flowering and fruit sets. Also, diseases like bacteria canker, Botrytis, powdery mildew, collar rot, fire blight, and Bacterial blossom blast can make your fruit trees unproductive. In severe cases, pests and diseases result in flower abortion, affect tree health, make your trees bear tiny fruits, and produce few, low-quality fruits.

You should control pests and diseases on time. Regular scouting and devising effective pest and disease control programs can make your fruits more productive.

Pruning Errors

Under-pruning makes your trees divert the nutrients on the leaves instead of the fruits. Also, over-pruning stimulates more vegetative growth and the expense of flowers and fruits. This makes your trees bear little low-quality fruits or no fruits at all.

Planting low quality seedlings

To increase fruit production, you need to prune only crossing branches or those that point inwards and diseased, dying, or dead wood and stems. The best time to prune your fruits is at the point where they have gone dormant.

If you are not careful, you can easily purchase low-quality seedlings that might not bear any fruits at the roadside. This can be pretty disappointing after investing a fortune in your orchard. This can end up ruining your entire fruit farming venture.

To avoid this, you need to purchase high-quality seedlings from certified nurseries. OxfarmAg offers high-quality seedlings and walks with you throughout your farming agribusiness to ensure that you make the right steps. This includes agronomy support, certified seedlings, and a fruit farming package.

Let OxfarmAg help you evade the problems of having unproductive trees. Contact us today!

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How can we help you?

Farming can be a tricky business, especially in the early days. The weather, ecological conditions, farm management, weeds, and marketing practices can significantly affect your crops or livestock. At OxfarmAg, we understand this, and we are here to help you in every aspect. We have a package for you, whether you are looking for quality seedlings, soil testing services, irrigation equipment, agronomy support, or marketing assistance. We offer tailored solutions to help you establish your orchard through our fruit-farming package, provide you with success stories and farming guidance through our Agri-Tours, and offer you high-quality equipment. Dive deeper into the article and look at how we will help you.

  • Certified, high-quality grafted seedlings

Fruit farming is a lucrative agribusiness with countless opportunities. However, the success of your investment will depend on the seedlings and how you establish your orchard. OxfarmAg offers high-quality grafted fruit seedlings at competitive prices. Besides, we offer fruit growing packages that save you the hassle of setting up your orchard. This package covers lifetime agronomy support, seedlings, labor, manure, and market connection. This means that you will never fail in any aspect of your fruit-farming venture. Why not acquire your seedlings today and take advantage of the rains?

  • Soil testing

Soil health matters in all crops. At OxfarmAg, we offer exceptional soil testing and analysis services to help you understand your soil. We test the soil microbiology, pH, structure, nutrients, and organic matter. The results highlight what is present and missing in the soil and the nutrients you should add. This enables you to make informed decisions in your orchard management practices and helps improve the yields.

Soil analysis helps balance the soil chemistry, increases nutrient utilization, and informs farmers on the fertilizer strategy to adopt.

  1. Agronomy services and orchard management

Plants need a balanced supply of nutrients, timely irrigation, regular scouting and pruning, and timely control of pests and diseases. We offer high-quality irrigation systems to help farmers enhance their irrigation strategies. Besides, our Agri tours and agronomy support services help farmers understand and devise effective pest and disease control strategies. We help you know the pest and diseases that can affect your fruits. For instance, pests such as aphids, thrips, and spider mites attack most fruits. They are susceptible to diseases such as root rot, anthracnose, and blights.

  1. Agri tours

We offer regular Agri-tours to help farmers learn from the best-managed farms and apply proper farming practices to increase their production. The tours are open to everybody planning to venture into fruit and livestock farming and those planning to maximize their profits. From the tours, you will learn nursery establishment and plant care practices, grafting techniques, cost analysis, pests and diseases, harvesting and post-harvest handling, challenges in the farming value chain, marketing (local and export), and value addition. The livestock tours teach how to care for your livestock, biogas digestion, value addition, benefits of livestock farming, and how to earn more profits.

  • Creating the perfect food-growing ecosystem

A perfect growing ecosystem involves embracing sustainable farming practices and working in harsh climatic conditions such as drought, rainfall, and strong winds. We help farmers enjoy the profitability of fruit farming with exceptional agri solutions. Let us help you kickstart your fruit growing solution today!

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How can you achieve an optimum harvest?

Hello there, have you ever thought about the secret behind you walking to the market just to get the favorite fruit of your choice? I want to believe as you enjoy these juicy fruits you thanks to a farmer. Did you also know that a farmer had someone on their back to get quality fruits and pests controlled, yes am about to talk about how an agronomist is important in farming. An agronomist is a specialist in the field of science who has extended knowledge in crop science, agricultural science and agricultural system and management.

Agronomists handle all kinds of agricultural projects from small to large high-tech farms with the help farmers to develop and implement practices ensuring economical and environmentally viable operations for the future.

Roles and responsibilities of an agronomist.

 Agronomists are scientists whose area of study is plants and soil in order to increase soil productivity; develop better cultivation, planting and harvesting techniques; improve crop yield, quality of seed and nutritional values of crops; and solve problems of agricultural industry.

 Agronomists conduct tests and are concerned with the practicing principles of soil management and crop production in fields.

 They conduct experiments to increase soil fertility and develop best methods for increasing crop productivity and quality. Primary duties of agronomist include, best way to use land after performing statistical analysis of data, measurement of soil salinity and nutrient levels for planting crops.

 Agronomists examine crops for the signs of disease, insect or pest problem, weed issue or problem with the soil. They think critically to solve problems concerning planting, cultivating, harvesting and protecting crops from pests, weeds and harsh climates.

 They present research findings to farmers to use the information for growing and harvesting agricultural products

 Agronomists help farmers to manage crop planting and implementing efficient farming practices; improving crop efficiency and sorting any agricultural problems. At OxfarmAg limited we have a team of agronomist who are knowledgeable and experienced in the field. Engage with us and get these services at discounted prices. Let us manage your orchard and attain the best profit margin from your input.

For more information contact through text or call.

For more information;Call /Text / WhatsApp 0740000044 https://wa.me/254740000044

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One free agronomist visit

Your trusted partner OxfarmAg Ltd is always thinking about how to ensure you get the best and remain at the top of the game.

From now till Friday February 11th 2022, we are giving you an opportunity to book for your package.  The rainy season is fast approaching and we therefore do not want you to be caught unawares, we want you to book your seedlings by paying 50% then the rest you will clear when you are ready to plant. This helps you focus on land preparation, fencing and installing drip irrigations system where necessary.

And because we are in the month of February our valentine gift to you is a free agronomic visit that is the first visit to your farm. In this first agronomic visit, our agronomist will;

  • Collect soil sample at a cost of Kshs. 2,800,
  • Help you plan your farm in preparation of the planting season, they will also
  • Give you pre-planting management practices for your farm/field.
  • Give you a detailed soil analysis and interpretation of the soil analysis in a period of three working days after visiting your farm.

List of packages

  • Hass Avocado Package.
  • Tree Tomato Package.
  • Pomegranate Farming Package.
  • Pixie Farming Package.
  • Oranges Farming Package.
  • Tissue Culture Banana Package.
  • Tangerine Farming Package.
  • Grapes Farming Package.
  • Lemons Farming Package.
  • Lemon Farming Package.
  • Macadamia Farming Package.

To book for your packages contact us;

Western/Coastal Region

Call 0706222888

WhatsApp https://wa.me/254706222888

Nairobi region

Call 0769623300

Whatsapp https://wa.me/254769623300

Nakuru region

Call 0740000044

Whatsapp https://wa.me/254740000044

Mt Kenya region

Call 0742194880

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Eldoret region

Call 0710588060

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The Importance of Agronomic services to farmers now!

Who is an agronomist?

This is an expert in the science of soil management and crop production, they are also commonly referred to as Extension Officers.

An agricultural extension service officer offers technical advice on agriculture and also supplies you with the necessary inputs and services to support your agricultural production.

Agronomists’ provides information to farmers and passes to the farmers new ideas developed by agricultural research stations.

Agronomists have the following common roles in the agricultural sector:

-Educating farmers so that the farmers can help themselves
-Linking farmers with research-based information to improve agricultural production, productivity, processing -Marketing of agricultural goods and services.

In return the following outcomes are expected from the Agronomist – Farmer collaboration;

-Increased yields
-Lower production costs
-Improved soil fertility,
-Reduced use of water

Between January and March our Agronomists will be hitting the ground attending to farmers by offering them best solutions on to prepare their farms in advance for the next rainy / planting season.

Why now?

With the current sunlight levels and inadequate rainfall, planting can be a challenge to those who do not have a reliable source of water, therefore it is advisable to do the preparations between now and the time we expect the rainfalls, the farmer will have been preparing their farm so that once it starts raining, you will just plant, instead of doing the soil sampling then and then end up losing some days of rainfall.

Adequate planning helps a farmer put in place the right resources in the soil and also put in place the necessary inputs before the planting exercise commences.

Contact us today so that we can start walking this amazing journey together,

Kindly reach us through 0706222888.

https://wa.me/254706222888

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Can I do fruit farming as a side hustle?

All of us need some extra cash. Working with nature will help build a healthy lifestyle for yourself while getting paid on top of that. Farming enables you to have your produce, spend time outdoors enjoying the scenery and fresh air, and meet new people in your community.

Why fruits farming?

Fruit growing have following economic and nutritional advantages. High productivity: High yield per unit area: From a unit area of land more yield is realized from fruit crops than any of the agronomic crops. The average yields of Papaya, Banana and Grapes are 10 to 15 times more than that of agronomic crops.

Beekeeping:

Pollination is the highest agricultural contributor to yields worldwide,
contributing far beyond any other agricultural management practice. Thus, bees
and other pollinators make important contributions to agriculture. Pollinators
affect 35 percent of global agricultural land, supporting the production of 87
of the leading food crops worldwide. Plus, pollination-dependent crops are five
times more valuable than those that do not need pollination. OxfarmAg Ltd gives free beehives for any packages purchased. http://oxfarm.co.ke/product-category/oxfarm-packages/

Tips that can help you achieve optimal results while doing fruit farming as a side hustle

Fruit farming as a side hustle is such an amazing part-time job that can give you enough income. You just need to follow the tips below:

  • Analyze the climate in the region and ensure that it favors the crop you want to grow
  • Ensure that soils are fertile
  • Study how different fruits perform in the region
  • Decide on the crops that are most suitable for your soils
  • Purchase certified high-quality seedlings from certified nurseries
  • Let the experts do the planting for you (OxfarmAg Ltd will help you kick start your fruit farming agribusiness and provide you with timely agronomy support)
  • Start small since this field requires patience and adequate knowledge about planting crops before entering into business. Furthermore, starting with a larger area will only increase expenses without bringing more revenue because of bigger maintenance costs for equipment and other supplies.
  • Invest in innovative solutions – To minimize the time required on the farm, you should adopt innovative tools such as automated irrigation and fertilization systems, precision agriculture, and sensor technology.
  • Expand gradually by investing in high-yielding fruit trees first until you reach the point where your earning exceeds your investment then keep growing from there or expand another acre if possible but remember that expansion should be done once every two years.
  • Invest in technology, fruit farming is much easier to do as compared to other side hustles. It takes a few months before you can harvest and sell them so there’s no long waiting period as opposed to starting your own business right now. You just have to prepare the soil, water plants once in a while, and tie branches using twigs for support, especially if you are investing in strawberries or grapes, employ proper management practices, embrace innovative strategies, and enjoy the profitability of fruit farming.

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Why Every Farmer Should Undertake a Soil Test of his/her Farm

Soil analysis results inform the farmer of deficiencies or excesses, if any, of minerals. They also advise on the correct type and amount of fertilizers to apply. They also enlighten on the method and time of application of fertilizer.

The genesis of low yields today in our farms year by year originates to lack of our beloved farmers not having full information on how their soils nutrient value is. To achieve high and quality yields a farmer has to determine the level of nutrients availability, to provide the basis for calculating the required fertilizing of each crop and to evaluate the supply of each nutrient element and determine how to manage the nutrient. High quality soil analysis is basis of planning of fertilizing, and thus the quality of the entire production cycle, which results in a high quality and yield and better farm management.

NOTE; Soil acidity (pH), which rarely affects the growth of most crops directly in the range 5.5-7.5 but can influence the availability of other nutrients.

Soil analysis determines the content of basic plant nutrients; nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P2O5), potassium (K 2 O), pH, humus content, total CaCO3, available lime, organic matter, total sulphur (S), trace elements, and other physical characteristics (capacity, permeability, density, pH – value).

Here are some of the plant nutrient deficiencies;

Plants can also suffer deficiencies where the growing conditions are poor and the plants are unable to take up nutrients present in the soil. Very acid or alkaline conditions, dryness and water logging can all make it difficult for plants to take up soil nutrients.

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Nutrient deficiencies cause symptoms such as leaf yellowing or browning, sometimes in distinctive patterns. This may be accompanied by stunted growth and poor flowering or fruiting.

Macro nutrient

 Nitrogen

comparance of a nitrogen deficient plant and a healthy plant

How to identify

Check the field for abnormalities. N deficient crops are stunted and discolored. Specifically:

  • Older leaves or whole plants are yellowish green
  • Old leaves and sometimes all leaves become light green and chlorotic at the tip
  • Entire field may appear yellowish.

Phosphorous

How to identify

phosphorous deficient plant

  • Slow and stunted growth.
  • Leaves may curl
  • Leaves become purplish (or reddish-purple), most often first on their undersides and later on the tops.

Potassium

How to identify

  • On the oldest leaves, yellowing occurs in marginal and interveinal zones.
  • Brown scorching and curling of leaf tips as well as yellowing between leaf veins.
  • Plant growth, root development, and seed and fruit development are usually reduced.
  • Yellow stripes may appear along leaf interveins and lower leaves may bend downward. 

    potassium deficient plants

Magnesium

How to identify

  • Yellowing of the leaf structure found between veins.
  • Older leaves turn yellow at the edge giving a green overhead shape at the Center of the leaf.

Calcium

How to identify

  • New leaves appear distorted or irregularly shaped.
  • Development of necrotic tissue on young leaves.
  • In severe cases root tips may die back.

    calcium deficient plant

Sulfur

How to identify

  • Uniform pale green chlorosis throughout the plant.
  • Youngest leaves may appear pale earlier or more severely than mature leaves.
  • Yellowing of the leaves, but nitrogen deficiencies begin with the older leaves first.

Micro nutrients

Boron

How to identify

  • Thickening of young leaves.
  • The leaves and stem near the shoot tip are brittle and break easily when bent.
  • Young leaves are usually paler than the older leaves.

Manganese

How to identify

  • Leaves become yellow and there is also interveinal chlorosis.
  • Pale grayish green interveinal chlorosis spreads from the tip to the leaf base.
  • Necrotic brown spots develop later and leaf becomes dark brown.
  • Newly emerging leaves are short, narrow, and light green

Copper 

How to identify

  • Dieback of stems and twigs.
  • Yellowing of leaves.
  • Stunted growth and pale green leaves that wither easily.

Iron

How to identify

  • Leaf yellowing first appears on the younger upper leaves in interveinal tissues.
  • Leaves to turn completely yellow or almost white, and then brown as leaves die.

Zinc

How to identify

  • Short internodes and a decrease in leaf size.
  • Delayed maturity

    zinc deficient plants

Benefits of testing farm soil.                     

  • The world population is growing up and thus fertile soils are required to produce more food.
  • Farmers can easily avoid soil degradation.
  • Leads to minimization of fertilizer expenditure.
  • Informs the farmer on the current health status of the soil.

Appropriate time to take the soil sample

Soil samples can be taken any time throughout the year. However, it’s also appropriate to take soil samples after the harvest. This will give you ample time to prepare the land as per the recommendations of the soil sample results before the next planting season. The soil should not be too dry or wet when taking the soil sample in a farm. In orchards where there are permanent crops, soil test should be done after every four years.

OxfarmAg Ltd message to Kenyan farmers;

Smallholder farmers, particularly those in Kenya, often lack access to soil testing laboratories to determine their soil’s fertility and the nutrients required to increase crop productivity. This causes farmers to apply fertilizer that may not meet their soil’s needs. Soil analysis will inform you of your soils’ deficiencies. Soil testing can also help to predict return on investment for Kenyan farmers.

Here at oxfarm we have dedicated staff with a primary goal of providing accurate soil analysis in a timely manner.

Frequent soil testing helps farmers decide whether their current management is robbing future productivity and profits.

Soil testing serves as the best guide available for determining nutrient needs for growing crops. Soil testing also provides a balanced fertility program which is a vital component of sustainable farming programs that are profitable, efficient and environmentally responsible.

We offer soil testing services at highly competitive prices and this will assist a farmer to undertake the correct management practices in his farm.

We offer individual package of soil testing at ksh 2800 per sample exclusive of transport which is charged at ksh 20 per km from Nairobi to the farm and back when coming to collect the soil sample.

Contact us on  0706222888.

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Soil Engineer

Geotechnical Engineering is a crucial and growing field. As people expand into virgin areas or land that is not considered prime development, there are costs merely beyond the immediate financial. It is important for developers to examine whether an area of land is viable for development, whether there are conservation issues to mitigate, and what extra measures may be required to develop the land. Land with a higher water table, for example, may require different materials to mitigate damp. Geotechnical engineering is concerned with environmental geology and environmental soils.

Read: The Most Cost-Effective Greenhouse Which Every Farmer Can Construct

Soil Engineers work with soils and their relationships to other elements of the environment. Different soil types have different attributes and it is necessary to develop an understanding of the relative attributes and drawbacks of each type. That is why there is a need to fill a niche for professional Soils Engineering, and soils science. The need to create an area for specialists who understand soil conservation issues and soil properties is growing in line with international obligations on environmental protection and to ensure that prime land is chosen in a changing climate. They are a type of Soils Scientists with a view to practical application and applied science.

They work both in the field taking readings, and in offices analyzing data and compiling reports. Depending on where they work and the type of organization, they may produce data for statistics and research reports, or for decision makers working in the environmental area who need to make decisions on the best course of protection. They are essential as advisors in construction. Many are found in drilling and dam building and maintenance, taking soil samples to ensure no contamination or other problems.

Read: Water Conservationist

In Agriculture, Soil engineers, solve problems which relate to irrigation and drainage functions of agricultural land such as dams, irrigation ponds, pipelines and open channels.
Examples of our recent research themes are as follow:

  1. Disaster prevention for agricultural land and irrigation ponds,
  2. Earthquake resistant design of fill dams,
  3. Development of techniques for the reuse of muddy soil for the reconstruction of deteriorated earth fill dams
  4. Analysis of granular flow for geotechnical problems,
  5. Behavior of buried structures and the Dynamic behavior of buried flexible pipelines.

Are you a soil engineer and would like to partner with us, Contact us today!