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  • Best Avian Control Applications for Dairy Barn Operators

    Dairy barns can easily become infested with birds during the colder months. This pest bird infestation can lead to shortages in livestock feed, damage to barn structures and even help problems for humans and animals alike. Make sure your dairy barn stays bird free with Avian Enterprises. Our product, Avian Control, solves your bird problems for good. What is the Best Way to Apply Avian ...


    By Avian Enterprises, LLC

  • John Deere 5G Series Tractors Receive Prestigious AE50 Award for 2016

    The American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) awarded the John Deere 5G Series Tractors with an AE50 Award for 2016. The AE50 award highlights the year's most innovative designs in product engineering, as chosen by a panel of international engineering experts. Introduced to the specialty crop markets in December 2015, the narrow and highly maneuverable John Deere ...


    By John Deere

  • Conclusions of the IOC Conference at COP22

    The International Olive Council (IOC) participated in the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP22), which was held in Marrakech (Morocco) from 7 to 18 November 2016, and whereby the UN sought to adopt a framework for action against global warming. For this event, the IOC invited all IOC member countries to ...

  • Olive growing in Saudi Arabia

    A delegation of representatives of the Saudi olive growing sector was received on 7 October by various officials of the IOC Executive Secretariat, including the Executive Director, the Deputy Directors, the Head of the Department of Research & Development and Environment and the Head of the Promotion Unit. Mr Aboabat, the CEO of the company Al-Watania and Mr Sahbi Mahjoub from the Agromillora ...

  • USDA announces availability of BCAP funding for farmers, foresters and ranchers

    On May 23, 2016, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced that the Biomass Crop Assistance Program (BCAP) had resumed incentives for farmers and foresters producing biomass for renewable energy and biobased products. BCAP has $3 ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Viet Nam Dragon Fruit Orchards Bloom in New Light

    A farmer for more than three decades, 50-year-old Nguyen Minh Cam from Viet Nam's Binh Thuan province earns over 70 per cent of his annual income by cultivating dragon fruit on his two hectare plot. This Southeast Asian delicacy requires the long daylight hours of summer to blossom and bear fruit. Many Vietnamese farmers rely on artificial lighting during the shorter days of the off season to ...

  • Orchard management practices may lead to changes in diversity of spiders

    Different management practices using pesticides affect the diversity, number and ecological traits of ground spiders in apple orchards, a new study finds. Because spiders are viewed as good indicators of the quality of an entire ecosystem, the results reveal that organic orchard management may be better for local management and landscape characteristics when compared to those with pesticide use. ...

  • Management Strategies to Reduce Catfacing in Peaches

    For producers of peaches and other orchard-grown produce, managing the orchard floor can present challenges. Unwelcome vegetation on the orchard floor competes with trees for water and nutrients reducing tree growth and productivity, and can be a host for pathogens and insect pests. Utilizing best practices for irrigation and vegetation management in the orchard helps growers to optimize tree ...

  • Malic Acid Encourages Sweet Cherry Cracking

    "Cracking" is a problem for sweet cherry production wherever the high-value crop is grown. However, despite considerable research, the reason that this phenomenon occurs has not been clear. In a new study, Andreas Winkler, Max Ossenbrink, and Moritz Knoche reveal their discovery of what makes sweet cherries crack. Knoche, lead author of the study published in the Journal of the American Society ...

  • Aided by the Sea, Israel Overcomes an Old Foe: Drought

    A hefty tax was placed on excessive household water consumption, penalizing families with lawns, swimming pools or leaky pipes. So many of Mr. Zvieli’s clients went over to synthetic grass and swapped their seasonal blooms for hardy, indigenous plants more suited to a semiarid climate. “I worried about where gardening was going,” said Mr. Zvieli, 56, who has tended ...


    By IDE Technologies

  • Sandwich system found effective in organic apple orchards

    In organic apple orchards, one of the most serious challenges for growers is determining ways to limit weed competition while improving soil quality and ensuring high yields of quality apples. Scientists from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences published a study of orchard floor management systems (HortScience, March 2015) that revealed the benefits of using "sandwich systems" in ...

  • Pennsylvania farmer wins all he can mow for a year

    Bradley Swinsinski went to the National Farm Machinery Show (NFMS) in February with a mind to check out some new mower conditioners, but he certainly never thought he’d leave Louisville having won the use of one. By completing the VERMEER EXPERIENCE at the Vermeer Corporation booth, the 24-year-old farmer from Bernville, Pa., was entered into a drawing for the use of a new Vermeer MC3700 ...


    By Vermeer

  • Select groundcover management systems found viable for organically managed apple orchard

    Determining and implementing orchard management practices that can improve soil organic matter is one of the primary goals of the USDA's National Organic Program. For producers in the southeastern United States, where interest in small-scale and organically managed orchards is growing, the challenge can be finding combinations of groundcover management systems and organic nutrient sources that ...

  • New training, ultra-high-density planting systems recommended for sweet cherry

    As a result of new dwarfing rootstock selections, improvements in crop protectants, and better methods of postharvest handling and storage, production of sweet cherry is increasing around the world. New sweet cherry cultivars that allow for improved mechanical harvest have also been introduced, and semi-dwarfing and dwarfing rootstocks have improved the potential for developing high-density ...

  • Semios Receives US EPA Approval for 3 New Pheromones To Target the Most Destructive Pests in the Apple & Pear Industry

    Semios, provider of real-time agricultural information and precision pest management tools, has been given US EPA approval for three aerosol pheromone products that disrupt the mating of codling moth and oriental fruit moth. “Our new formula performs extremely well at lower temperatures, emitting a drier mist that disperses quickly across an orchard,” said Michael Gilbert, CEO ...


    By SemiosBio Technologies Inc.

  • Canadian Apple Orchard Taste-Tests the IoT

    Algoma Orchards, located in Newcastle, Ontario, is no rinky-dink farm. In fact, it’s the largest privately owned grower and packer of apples in Canada. The company maintains 750 acres of trees, a packing plant and a juice factory onsite, and imports apples from Chile in order to maintain a year-round supply. The company also conducted a test last summer of an ...


    By SemiosBio Technologies Inc.

  • Bronx Science Teacher Who Constructed a Green Roof and Tarrytown Teen Who Used Wasted Apples as a Fuel Source Win Presidential Recognition

    Nathaniel Wight, a science teacher at Bronx Design & Construction Academy in the South Bronx, New York, and Luke Colley, a high school senior from Tarrytown, New York both won top presidential honors for their dedication to environmental protection. Nathaniel and Luke were honored at a White House ceremony as winners of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Presidential Innovation ...

  • UF/IFAS researcher to growers: Peaches can be profitable in three years

    Florida peach growers, some of whom are looking for an alternative to citrus as greening takes a toll on that crop, could see a small profit by their third year of operation, a UF researcher says. Greening, a disease first found in Florida in 2005, has led to $4 billion in lost revenue and industry-related jobs since 2006 for the $9 billion-a-year citrus industry. As some farmers turn to peaches, ...

  • Cranfield launches European project to promote the use of trees in farming

    The first meeting of ‘AGFORWARD’, an exciting EU funded research programme on agroforestry, was held at Cranfield University this week.  The 4-year 6 million Euro project will be working with farmers and land owners in 15 countries across Europe to identify how agroforestry practices – farming with trees – can create  profitable, productive, and environmentally ...


    By Cranfield University

  • Pesticides may affect all stages of aquatic life

    Ecotoxicity tests that are used to understand the impacts of chemical pollutants on aquatic organisms and ecosystems could be improved by including all life stages of the test animals. These are the conclusions of a study by Belgian researchers, who found that the apparent absorption of some pesticides by the dormant eggs of water fleas may have negative effects on the invertebrates’ later ...

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