Crop Science News

  • Scientists remove reliance on seasonality in new lines of broccoli, potentially doubling crop production

    Scientists at the John Innes Centre are developing a new line of fast-growing sprouting broccoli that goes from seed to harvest in 8-10 weeks. It has the potential to deliver two full crops a season in-field or it can be grown all year round in protected conditions, which could help with continuity of supply, as growers would no longer be reliant on seasonal weather conditions. The part of the ...


    By ScienceDaily

  • Specialty Crops Focus of Feb. 7 Conference

    A conference for fruit and vegetable growers is set for Feb. 7 at the Oasis Conference Center, 902 Loveland-Miamiville Road in Loveland. The Southwestern Ohio Specialty Crop Conference offers “a little something for everyone,” said Greg Meyer, Ohio State University Extension educator in Warren County and event organizer. The ...


    By Ohio State University

  • Takumi SC now authorised for pumpkin protection

    Vivian Powell, Crop Protection Senior Scientist at AHDB explains why this is an important development for the speciality crops sector. “Previously, pumpkins were the only cucurbit not included under the product label for Takumi SC, or subsequent EAMUs. And with an estimated 10 million pumpkins grown in the UK every year, due partly to the growing popularity of Halloween but also as a result ...


    By Certis UK

  • Predictions for the storage season ahead

    Current weather forecasts predict that rain and unsettled conditions are likely as we move into the autumn, and this may create challenges for growers with concerns about potato storage and disease control this season. Store cleanliness and hygiene should also be top priority for growers before harvest. “I can’t stress enough the value of ensuring the correct ...


    By Certis UK

  • Center for Agricultural and Shale Law Posts Agricultural Law Weekly Review

    The latest installment of the Penn State Center for Agricultural and Shale Law’s Agricultural Law Weekly Review is now available.  Topics covered include: DOJ sues to prevent Deere’s acquisition of Precision Planting, California bill could require overtime for agricultural workers, HPAI discovered in Alaska, PA extends permit for point source discharges, FSIS requests extension ...

  • Remain vigilant for rising aphid numbers

    According to the most recent AHDB aphid alert summary, although a marginal increase in activity has been recorded in recent weeks, total aphid numbers still remain relatively low for the time of year.   However, it’s possible that aphids may still be present in potato crops as they head towards maturity, and with the hot weather seen recently, aphids could become an increasing threat ...


    By Certis UK

  • Farm Labor Shortage Vexes Farmers

    A new video produced by the American Farm Bureau Federation shines a spotlight on the frustrations of the nation's farmers in finding workers to harvest their crops. While the video highlights peach production in Georgia, it also outlines the scope of the farm labor problem across the U.S. ...

  • Maximising the yield of agricultural crop residues and biomass from forestry

    There is a huge potential for yield increase of agricultural crop residues and biomass from forestry in the European Union, Ukraine, Russia and Belarus. In a study for the European Commission, Ecofys has investigated the realistic and technical-sustainable potential for these regions. The research team developed and assessed best practice strategies for residue yield increase with regard to their ...


    By Ecofys

  • NCC: Cost Share Program Provides Much-Needed Assistance

    The National Cotton Council expressed sincere gratitude to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack for providing a one-time $300 million program that offsets a portion of a cotton producer’s 2015 crop season ginning costs. The Cotton Ginning Cost-Share (CGCS) program, announced today by USDA, resulted from the agency utilizing its administrative authority under the Commodity Credit Corporation ...

  • El Niño lowers early production outlook in Southern Africa

    Crop and livestock production prospects in Southern Africa have been weakened by the El Niño weather phenomenon that has lowered rains and increased temperatures. A reduced agricultural output would follow on last year's disappointing season, which has already contributed to higher food prices and "could acutely impact the food security situation in 2016," according to a special alert ...

  • Food prices fall in November amid robust global inventories

    Major food commodity prices fell in November, reversing about half their rise in the previous month, as the cost of internationally-traded staples, except for sugar, fell across the board. The FAO Food Price Index averaged 156.7 points in November, down 1.6 percent from its revised October average, and 18 percent below its ...

  • Forage crop promising as ecologically friendly ornamental groundcover

    A new, ecologically friendly groundcover for warm-weather landscapes is on the horizon. Rhizoma peanut, a warm-season perennial native to South America, has been used almost exclusively as a forage crop in the United States since the 1930s, but a study in the July HortScience says the perennial has potential as an ornamental groundcover or turf alternative. "Rhizoma peanut is grown in U.S. ...

  • North Florida farmers are using sesame as a rotation crop

    In between seasons of corn, peanut, and cotton, North Florida farmers were interested in growing a rotation crop that could withstand the wilting heat of summer and be harvested by machine. So, since 2011, University of Florida researchers have been experimenting with growing the tiny seeds you find on top of hamburger buns or garnishing salads – sesame – as a viable, money-making ...

  • Major crop losses in Central America due to El Niño

    Prolonged dry weather associated with the El Niño phenomenon has severely reduced this year’s cereal outputs in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua, putting a large numbers of farmers in need of agricultural assistance as the subregion tries to recover amidst ongoing dryness, FAO said today.  ...

  • Resistance genes from wild relatives of crops offer opportunities for more sustainable agriculture worldwidew

    Growing crops with stacks of two or more resistance genes from closely related species, introduced into the crop via for instance genetic engineering, combined with the simultaneous introduction of resistance management, can ensure the long-term resistance of these plants to economically significant and aggressive diseases. The combination offers opportunities to make agriculture more sustainable ...

  • Ohio’s 2015 Wheat Crop Faced Tough Year

    Growers wondering how this year’s historic rains have impacted wheat now have proof that it has indeed been a tough year for the crop, according to the results of the 2015 Ohio Wheat Performance Test. The test results are offered by researchers with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University and can be viewed at  ...


    By Ohio State University

  • Effective season extension technologies identified for strawberry production

    Fruit growers in the U.S. Intermountain West (the region including the states of Montana, Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, and Colorado) are faced with challenges that include decreased agricultural land availability, harsh climatic conditions, and significant competition from both domestic production and imports. In order to keep fruit production viable in the region, growers need to adopt strategies that ...

  • First Quinoa Sown

    Wageningen UR has sown the first quinoa fields at its test facilities in Lelystad and Vredepeel. A number of fields have been sown for nitrogen trials and a number of fields for research into varieties. A further five hectares have been sown for conventional cultivation. Sand and clay The research into varieties is taking place at two locations in ...

  • Fertiliser Storage Tanks – Fertiliser Optimisation This Growing Season

    As farmers focus on the growing season, an East Yorkshire farm machinery importer recently publicly shared its knowledge of precision farming methods with Rt. Hon Michael Jack CBE at an open day at Stockbridge Technology Centre, Selby. The former MP was shown how a specially-adapted tractor that features a unique seed drill allows farmers to place seeds with extreme accuracy. Also this week, we ...


    By ENDURAMAXX

  • FAO food price index declines further in February, led by sugar

    The FAO Food Price Index declined to a 55-month low in February, dropping 1.0 percent from January and 14 percent below its level a year earlier. Lower prices for cereals, meat and especially sugar more than offset an increase in milk and palm oil prices. The FAO Food Price Index averaged 179.4 points in February, down from 181.2 points in January and 208.6 points in February 2014. Its ...

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