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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

  • 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. ...

  • Pesticides may harm wild bees but natural areas can mitigate effects

    The use of pesticides in orchards may be threatening populations of wild bees, which are important pollinators that increase crop productivity, a new study concludes. However, the damage was mitigated in areas where the orchards were surrounded by natural landscapes, such as deciduous forests. Pollinators, such as bees, provide an important and often underappreciated ecosystem service to ...

  • New irrigation strategies for pecans in humid climates

    Georgia is the largest pecan producing state in the U.S. Although this humid region receives an average of 127 cm or more rainfall annually, periods of moisture stress can occur during the pecan growing season, particularly during August and September when pecans are in the kernel-filling stage and water demand is at its peak. Pecan producers throughout the region depend on irrigation strategies ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 Semios

  • 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 Semios

  • 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, ...

  • 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 ...

  • EPA and American Rivers Announce Preservation of 135 Acres of Forestland in Adams County, Pa

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and American Rivers today announced that the Land Conservancy of Adams County will permanently preserve 135 acres of forest through a conservation easement on lands owned by Boyer Nurseries and Orchards in Biglersville, Pa. This land preservation was made possible through a $250,000 EPA grant with matching funds coming from the Adams County Green Space ...

  • Patches of flowers boost pollinator diversity and lead to higher crop yields

    Falling levels of insect pollination are causing declining yields of important agricultural crops. However, new research from South Africa now indicates that planting small patches of native flowers in agricultural fields can be a profitable and sustainable method of increasing pollination and yield. Insect pollination is a vital ecosystem service as animal-pollinated crops form an ...

  • Center Parcs Sherwood Forest Works to Conserve Britain's Woodland Birds

    Bird watching, nature walks and various conservation-related activities, including bird-box building, have proved popular in all of the Center Parcs villages, including Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire. Various steps have been taken here recently to provide and nurture habitats suitable for several rare and cherished species of ...


    By Marketwire

  • Recall of Honeycrisp Apple Cider due to Patulin Contamination

    Consumers are warned to avoid drinking Pepin Heights Orchard’s Honeycrisp Apple Cider products with a use-by-date of February 9, 2012.   Patulin is a mycotoxin and produced by Penicillium, Aspergillus and Byssochylamys molds. It grows on a variety of foods, including fruit, grain, and cheese, but it is a particular threat in apple juice. While the immediate ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Changes in wildlife migration could alter disease risk

    The risk of animals passing diseases to humans could increase in some cases, but decrease in others, as people encroach on and disrupt wildlife migration paths, according to a review in Science. Climate change is also affecting migration patterns, and the review says there is an urgent need for research on how changes in habitat and climate will affect disease in migratory animals, to predict ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • 12 Ways to Make Christmas Special by Volunteering

    December 15, 2010 - As families from Baton Rouge to the Bay Area make their holiday plans, VolunteerMatch reminds Americans that making a difference in the lives of others is the best way to have a meaningful Christmas. And with more than 75,000 participating charities, VolunteerMatch is the most popular place to sign up for a volunteer opportunity. Getting started is easy. Just ...


    By 3BL Media

  • ML Macadamia Orchards, L.P. Reports 2nd Quarter 2010 Earnings, Acquires Orchard Assets of IASCO

    HILO, HI -- (Marketwire) -- 08/12/10 -- ML Macadamia Orchards, L.P. (OTCQX: NNUT) (PINKSHEETS: NNUT), today reported a second quarter net loss of $118,000 or ($0.02) per Class A Unit, on revenues of $626,000. In the second quarter of 2009, the Partnership reported a net loss of $291,000 on $1.0 million in revenues. The second quarter marks the end of the harvest season and is usually one of the ...


    By Marketwire

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