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From Our Farms: Cedar Farm – A Mechanized farm on a Mission

Cedar farm’s dalliance with machines is a stuff of marvel. Not an “Endgame” scenario where machines replace and destroy humans, terminator style, but an enhancement. Here mechanization has opened endless capabilities for us. Tucked along the Nakuru-Eldoret highway, this ticking eco-system is an aorta to Morendat beef, supplying the much-needed grain, a key ingredient in feedlot management. It is located in Kuresoi North on a 430 HA establishment, deep-down an unassuming town.

Almost every aspect of production is mechanized, from land preparation, planting, pest, disease and weed control to harvesting. There are even plans to ensure bagging and loading are completed by machines. This continuous improvement will help lower optimal numbers, which peak at 30 during harvesting. When all the to intensify high tech absorption are completed, Cedar Farm will finally be a cyborg farm: run by machines, guided by humans.

The farm is named after Cedar trees which freely grow in it and is located 2500 meters above sea level. With an assured rainfall of more than 1000mm per year, the farm plays host to two forests; a natural forest which has Cedar trees, and assorted varieties of other trees & herbs, and a manmade forest which has Blue gum, Pine and Cyprus trees.

It is an open secret that Cedar Farm prioritizes cereals, and wheat is the predominant crop occupying approximately 60% of a planted area at any given time while barley & oats 30% and 10 % respectively. Canola and peas are the rotational crops used to help maintain land fertility. Plans are underway to add potatoes as a rotational crop. In due time Cedar will be way ahead of its peers in mechanization, thereby leading a highly efficient machine revolution.

Since the farm is not fully automated, wider changes towards improved efficiency, coupled with extra training in optimal machine utilization will make it more bionic.