The Coffee Board of Kenya Monthly Bulletin March 1989

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1989
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A summary of the various concluded long-term field investigations and the current ongoing experiments on Kenya Coffee agronomic practices is presented.Nitrogen fertilization was noted to be essential and should largely be ground applied.Routine application of NP or NPK compounds IS not necessary but should be based on leaf and soil analysis reports.Where the analysis is not available, replacement of one straight nitrogen with an NPK fertilizer is advisable.Use of organic manures were found useful. Either capped or uncapped multiple stem system of pruning can be practised at the conventional spacings while at high densities,the trees should be trimmed on one or two heads depending on the density and handling on free growth.An integrated weed management is advocated and the use of mulch was found to be beneficial to .coffee yields and quality particularly low. ram fall zones.Where moisture is limiting Irrigation could be worthwhile if accompanied by good husbandry practices.The implications of the results are discussed.
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Bulletin, 54 (629), pp. 545-568
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