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  • Coral calcium & worm castings, reduce blossom end rot disease

    A destructive disease affecting many gardens and farms this year is blossom end rot. Causing great concern for vegetables such as squash, watermelon, eggplant, peppers, and tomato. This disease affects gardens year after year. By the time gardeners notice black spots on their fruit or vegetables the situation is severe. To prevent further damage, immediate action is required. What is Blossom End ...


    By Vermitechnology Unlimited

  • Sclerotinia alert in oilseed rape

    Varied establishment of oilseed rape (OSR) crops last Autumn, is likely to have resulted in a protracted flowering period in areas across the UK, leaving crops susceptible to Sclerotinia infection over the coming weeks. With AHDB Cereals and Oilseeds reporting that levels of Sclerotinia are medium to high in some locations, Chris Charnock, Certis’ arable product manager, warns of the risks ...


    By Certis UK

  • New rice strain could help farmers predetermine harvest time

    A new strain of rice that flowers within a certain period of time after being sprayed with commercial chemicals commonly used to protect rice from fungal diseases is now available, say Japanese scientists. This new strain could one day allow rice farmers to dictate the timing of their harvest regardless of weather, temperature and other conditions that currently affect cultivation. Temperature, ...


    By ScienceDaily

  • Keeping oilseed rape on track with a nutritional boost

    A nutritional boost to stimulate root development and provide for oilseed rape’s additional nutrition needs, will help maintain health and reliance in oilseed rape crops this spring. Despite the losses to flea beetle and drought, particularly in East Anglia, many oilseed rape crops have made a decent start. However, signs of disease pressure are already ...


    By Ilex EnviroSciences Limited

  • 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

  • Simon Jones looks back on 26 years with Certis

    With a background in horticulture and a career in crop protection spanning 35 years, including 26 years at Certis, Simon Jones - UK Technical Manager - has seen the business evolve significantly in this time. “Two generations of ornamental growers in the family really sparked my interest in the industry,” he says. After qualifying with an OND in Glasshouse Crops Production, Simon went ...


    By Certis UK

  • Dealing with difficult powdery mildew infections on ornamental crops

    We are now at the peak of the powdery mildew season and, with increasing temperatures and dry weather conditions, susceptible crops are likely to be at high risk of infection. The pathogen There are five different powdery mildew species which attack ornamental crops in the UK. Erysiphe ssp. – this pathogen is mainly ...


    By Certis UK

  • April Flowers Bring May Birds – Protect Seeds Early

    The springtime is full of new life and regrowth, especially in the form of garden planting and crop harvesting. Unfortunately, spring garden planting is extremely enticing to pest birds and other animals that are in search of a reliable food source after a long winter. Read on to learn how you can ...


    By Avian Enterprises, LLC

  • Purple limes and blood oranges could be next for Florida citrus

    University of Florida horticulture scientist Manjul Dutt is hoping to turn your next margarita on its head by making it a lovely lavender instead of passé pale green.  Dutt and Jude Grosser from the UF Citrus Research and Education Center are developing genetically engineered limes containing some similar genetic factors that are expressed in grape skin and blood orange pulp. ...

  • Dates for Global Pongamia Biodiesel World 2016, Jaipur in India slated

    The Advanced Biofuel Center (ABC) is pleased to announce the 2 Day Pongamia State of Art International Workshop viz. Global Pongamia Biodiesel World – 2016 to be held on 27-28, April, 2016 at Jaipur, India. A comprehensive research and development program for the development of Nonfood biodiesel feedstocks has been initiated ABC and great ...


    By Advanced Biofuel Center

  • New Strategy to Limit Neonicotinoids and Other “High Risk” Pesticides in Québec

    In a press release issued on November 22, 2015, the Canadian province of Québec (Quebec) announced its release of Québec Pesticide Strategy 2015-2018.  Although the Strategy itself is available only in ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Confronting Labor Exploitation in the Developed World

    Seasonal Pressure and Migrant Labor The toys and gifts traditionally exchanged during the holiday season are produced year-round, often in countries where labor standards come under regular scrutiny. In developed countries, however, while not usually considered a high exploitation risk, production of seasonal items and, in particular, items with short shelf lives puts great pressure on ...


    By SGS

  • Preserving the best qualities of `Honeycrisp` apples

    'Honeycrisp' apples are among the most popular varieties in today's fresh fruit market. The apple's explosive crispness, juiciness, and flavor have made them a new favorite among consumers. However, the apples' distinctive characteristics are at peak only when they are properly grown, picked at optimum maturity, and stored under ideal conditions. A new research study in the August 2015 issue of ...

  • Some plants are more sensitive to herbicides during reproductive stages of life cycle

    This study assessed the effects of herbicides on non-target plants in Denmark and Canada. The findings showed that some plants are more sensitive to herbicides in the reproductive stages of their life cycle and can experience delays in flowering and reduced seed production. The authors say future ecological assessments should consider reproductive outcomes. Herbicides are some of the most widely ...

  • Hudson Valley organic farm produces seeds largely by hand

    Drying corn stalks wilt in late summer sun as Ken Greene tours his crops. Calendula flowers are past bloom and brown. Melon leaves lay crinkled by the dirt. Plants have, literally, gone to seed. A perfect picture for an organic seed harvest. "It looks like hell now, but it's actually good for the seeds," said Greene, co-founder of the Hudson Valley Seed Library. The small business 70 miles ...


    By Associated Press

  • Bees actively prefer nectar contaminated with neonicotinoid pesticides

    Honeybees and bumblebees prefer feeding on nectar laced with certain neonicotinoid pesticides to uncontaminated food, new research has shown. Far from the predictions of some, that bees would avoid food contaminated with neonicotinoid pesticides if given the choice, a new study has shown that bees did not avoid any of the three most common neonicotinoids: imidacloprid, thiamethoxam or ...

  • CHP Greenhouses Make Growing Even Greener

    Bearing little resemblance to a typical farm, modern large greenhouses are, in reality, complex, high-tech factories that produce food and other crops. A natural gas Cat® or MWM™ generator set produces electrical power for the greenhouse needs, and any excess electricity can be sold to the utility company and fed back to the grid. The extra heat from the engine is collected to ...


    By Caterpillar

  • ATG: Tyres in service of ‘flowering beauties’

    “Tulips from Amsterdam” have often been sung about, and indeed fields of flowering tulips characterise the Dutch landscape in spring time. Just as other high value crops, tulips require farmers to pay particular attention to the protection of plants and bulbs. That is why R&D engineers at ATG developed the Alliance Row Crop Radial. “These tyres offer superior protection for ...


    By Alliance Tire Group (ATG)

  • EPA plans temporary pesticide restrictions while bees feed

    If honeybees are busy pollinating large, blooming croplands, farmers wanting to spray toxic pesticides will soon have to buzz off, the Environmental Protection Agency is proposing. A federal rule to be proposed Thursday would create temporary pesticide-free zones when certain plants are in bloom around bees that are trucked from farm to farm ...


    By Associated Press

  • H.I.S. Reports Results for the Full Year Ended October 2014

    Achieves record results for the fourth consecutive year Tokyo, Dec 5, 2014 - (JCN Newswire) - H.I.S. Co., Ltd. (TSE1: 9603), a leading travel and airline ticket agency, has announced results for the full year ended October 31, 2014. The Group achieved record results for the fourth consecutive year with consolidated net sales of 523,246 million yen, an increase of 9.1% ...


    By Japan Corporate News - JCN

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