vegetable harvesting News

  • Australian vegetable farms could be fully automated by 2025

    Australia could see fully automated vegetable farms by 2025, according to top robotics researchers, with the ability to automate the entire production process for some crop commodities emerging through targeted research and development in the industry. The latest edition of the InfoVeg Radio R&D podcast, developed specifically for Australian vegetable producers, features the developer of the ...


    By AUSVEG

  • Floating vegetative mats may help clean fishery wastewater

    The feasibility of using floating vegetation to remove nutrients from fishery wastewater is being tested by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists. The researchers' long-term goal is to develop a system to treat the wastewater, return it to ponds for reuse, and use the nutrients to produce biomass or plant material. The floating mats act as filters to remove the nutrients from the water. ...

  • Vegetables can absorb heavy metals from contaminated irrigation water

    Certain vegetables take up heavy metals from contaminated water used for irrigation, a new study finds. The researchers grew vegetables in greenhouses similar to field conditions in Greece and found that concentrations of nickel and chromium increased in potatoes and onions, but not in carrots, when irrigated with water containing contaminant levels similar to those found in industrial ...

  • Vegetable Workshop Series Offers Insight into Alternative Crops, Soil Health

    Growing hops and barley crops is an increasingly popular way to generate additional income from the farm. But before growers decide to devote some acreage to these new crops, they need to understand the costs and labor involved in growing them. Allen Gahler, an Ohio State University Extension educator in Sandusky County, said that while there is a strong and growing market for hops and barley in ...


    By Ohio State University

  • Home town farms: affordable, nutritious, locally grown organic vegetables and berries for schools and our communities

    With rising food costs and a bad economy, it is not easy for parents or schools to provide affordable nutritious meals, but as the incidence of childhood obesity continues to rise it is important that we try.  The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) said a record 40 million Americans, or 1 in 8, may not be able to eat without government assistance. In addition to rising food ...


    By 3BL Media

  • Bon Appetit Management Company asks everyone to harvest near home

    Eight years before the New Oxford American Dictionary added the word "locavore" to its pages, Bon Appétit Management Company committed to using local foods on its college, corporate and specialty café menus. In 1999, Bon Appétit launched its Farm to Fork program, a company-wide commitment to buy from small, owner-operated farms located within 150 miles of their cafés. ...

  • 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. ...

  • Can food be produced on floating islands?

    Yes, it can! Today the first of the vegetables were harvested and tasted at the Wageningen University & Research Applied (WUR) Arable and Vegetable Research test location in Lelystad, the Netherlands. In mid-May the small-scale test island was launched by Stichting Drijvende Eilanden (The floating islands foundation) in partnership with the Wageningen University & Research Science Shop. ...

  • FAO Food Price Index hits lowest level in almost six years

    Prices for major food commodities in July hit their lowest average monthly level since September 2009 as sharp drops in the prices of dairy products and vegetable oils more than offset some increases for those of sugar and cereals. Meat prices, meanwhile, remained stable. The FAO Food Price Index averaged 164.6 points in July, down 1.0 per cent from June, and 19.4 percent from a year earlier. The ...

  • VEPOWER signs agreement with Jatropha Africa for 50,000 hectares

    VEPOWER Limited has entered into an exclusivity agreement with Jatropha Africa with the goal of financing the Company’s 50,000 hectare plantation in Ghana, West Africa.  VEPOWER will thus secure more than 40,000 tonnes of crude bio-fuel. VEPOWER is quickly emerging as one of Europe’s leading sustainable energy companies.  The business is built around the expertise of CEO ...

  • Adverse weather pushes food prices up in October

    Major food commodity prices rose in October, spurred by weather-driven concerns about sugar and palm oil supplies. The FAO Food Price Index averaged nearly 162 points in October, up 3.9 percent from September, while still down 16 percent from a year earlier. FAO's ...

  • Sub-Saharan Africa news in brief: 16–29 December 2010

    Below is a roundup of news from or about Sub-Saharan Africa for the period 16–29 December 2010 Africa–EU science dialogue approved Heads of state from the European Union (EU) and Africa have lent their support to an ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Grafting helps pepper plants deal with drought

    Joining a high-yield pepper plant sapling to the roots of a strong and resistant variety could help pepper farmers cope with lower rainfall, a study has found. An experiment using the technique of merging two plants, known as grafting, resulted in higher fruit yield during periods of less rain. Plants also grew much better in salty soil, a by-product of drought, the researchers ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Annie`s launches `Root 4 Kids` Campaign encouraging kids nationwide to dig real food

    Annie's, maker of all-natural and organic comfort foods, snacks and cereals, today announced the launch of "Root 4 Kids," a cause-related campaign calling upon parents and teachers nationwide to help kids "dig" or learn about new vegetables in fall 2010 and plant new vegetables in spring 2011. Annie's goal: one million kids digging and planting new veggies now through harvest 2011. To help reach ...

  • The story of Lake Chilika

    Imagine a lagoon on the eastern coast of India. From the side of the mainland sweet water of a river flows into the lagoon. From the seaside at the Gulf of Bengal salt water and fish move in. In the lagoon fisheries thrive. Then the river gets sandy and brings sediments to the lagoon. As a result, the opening at the seaside gets choked-up. The amount of fish in the lagoon which is now fully ...


    By Wetlands International

  • EU and FAO help six countries achieve Millennium Development Goal on hunger

    Less than two years before the deadline set to achieve international development goals, the European Union (EU) and FAO step up their efforts to reduce world hunger assisting two million people in six countries with agricultural development activities worth nearly €60 million. The funding comes from a €1 billion EU initiative that aims to foster speedier progress towards the Millennium ...

  • Tropical soil carbon sink under threat

    There are strong concerns that the conversion of tropical forests into land for agriculture or plantations has negative effects on the carbon budget. A new study conducted in South-East Asia reveals that moderate or heavy disturbance of tropical forests can damage fine root structures, which in turn reduce carbon transfer to the soil. Tropical forests are being converted into agricultural land or ...

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