Specialty Crops News

  • What`s this disease?

    If you are a fan of strawberries then you have probably experienced opening a recently purchased container only to find that several berries have burst into a plume of velvety gray mold. Unfortunately, your berries have fallen prey to gray mold disease, caused by the fungus Botrytis cinerea. ...


    By AgBiome, Inc.

  • New Frontier 3-point Mounted Sprayers Available from John Deere

    For the tractor-mounted sprayer market for 2017, John Deere introduces the Frontier LS11 Series 3-point Mounted Sprayers. These economical, efficient sprayers are ideal for making spray applications to pastures, small or large fields, road ditches, fence rows, specialty crops ...


    By John Deere

  • Specialty Crop Tractor Coming Soon

    Spirit of Innovation at LEE Historically, our goal at LEE is to produce innovative tractors to address numerous crop production issues like escape weeds, variety improvements, and ...


    By LeeAgra, Inc.

  • Semios Receives EPA Approval to Combat Difficult Citrus Pest

    Semios is pleased to announce it has received Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and California Department of Pest Regulation (DPR)  approval for CRS Plus, an aerosol pheromone biopesticide product that disrupts the mating of Aonidiella aurantii, also known as California Red Scale (CRS). CRS attacks all aerial parts of citrus trees including twigs, leaves, branches, and, most importantly, ...


    By SemiosBio Technologies Inc.

  • Sentera builds reseller network to over 350 agriculture store fronts

    Sentera today announced the availability of its precision agriculture solutions at over 350 retail locations across North America. By broadening the reach of Sentera’s precision agriculture offering, agronomists, crop consultants, and growers can leverage critical normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) data starting day one of the 2017 growing season. Early adopters immediately see ...


    By Sentera, LLC

  • Huma Gro® 2017 Product Catalog Released

    Bio Huma Netics, Inc. (BHN)—an Arizona company that produces products under the Huma Gro, Huma Gro Turf, and Probiotic Solutions brands—has released its 2017 Huma Gro Product Catalog. The newly redesigned catalog contains specific information on 45 Huma Gro liquid crop nutrition and protection products in the categories of Primary Macronutrients (9), Secondary Macronutrients and ...

  • 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

  • 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

  • How to Keep Specialty Crops Safe from Herbicide Drift

    Ohio’s corn and soybean growers could soon be spraying a lot more of two powerful herbicides on their fields. That’s why agricultural experts from The Ohio State University are offering tips on how to keep those herbicides from getting onto other crops, especially valuable specialty crops such as grapes. Doug ...


    By Ohio State University

  • USDA Announces $22 Million Available for Research to Combat Citrus Greening

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the availability of $22 million in grants to help citrus producers fight Huanglongbing (HLB), commonly known as citrus greening disease. This funding is available through the Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) Citrus Disease Research and Extension Program (CDRE), which was authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill and is administered by ...

  • Cool Planet partners with J.R. Simplot Company to distribute innovative Cool Terra® Engineered Biocarbon™ product to improve soil health

    Cool Planet is proud to announce a new distribution agreement with the J.R. Simplot Company, one of the largest privately held agricultural companies in the nation. Simplot will serve as a distributor for Cool Terra throughout the Western United States and portions of the Midwest. Simplot will commit resources to support and sell the Cool Terra product in production and specialty-crop ...


    By Cool Planet

  • Two-Day Conference Focuses on Boosting Hops Production

    Ohio hops growers experienced strong demand in 2015 for the specialty crop used as a key ingredient in craft beers, and, experts say, the demand isn’t likely to decline soon. Hops is a main ingredient beer manufacturers use to provide bitterness to balance the sweetness of malt sugars in their product. “Ten years ago, you could count all of Ohio’s breweries on your fingers and ...


    By Ohio State University

  • Wild Bee Decline Threatens U.S. Crop Production

    The first national study to map U.S. wild bees suggests they’re disappearing in many of the country’s most important farmlands — including California’s Central Valley, the Midwest’s corn belt and the Mississippi River valley. If losses of these crucial pollinators continue, the new nationwide assessment indicates that farmers will face increasing costs — and ...


    By University of Vermont

  • Syngenta receives US EPA approval for new high performance fungicide

    New chemistry complements Syngenta’s market-leading fungicide portfolio First sales in the 2016 season; peak sales potential of more than $150 million Latest launch from Syngenta’s $3.6 billion crop protection pipeline Syngenta announced today that it has received US EPA approval for ORONDIS™ a new high-performance fungicide. First sales are expected in ...


    By Syngenta

  • Record Number of Farmers and Ranchers Certified Under 2014 Farm Bill Conservation Compliance

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that over 98.2 percent of producers have met the 2014 Farm Bill requirement to certify conservation compliance to qualify for crop insurance premium support payments. Implementing the 2014 Farm Bill provisions for conservation compliance is expected to extend conservation provisions for an additional 1.5 million acres of highly erodible lands ...

  • Horticulture’s biggest event to inject millions into Gold Coast economy

    Australia’s largest horticultural event, the National Horticulture Convention, Trade Show, and Awards for Excellence, is forecast to boost the Gold Coast economy by over $2 million over the course of the three day event. Now incorporating both AUSVEG and Apple and Pear Australia Limited (APAL), the Convention will run from 25-27 June and is set to attract over 1,400 local and international ...


    By AUSVEG

  • Remote pest managment with automated traps

    A decade spent developing pheromones for pest management underscored the importance of these chemicals for Michael Gilbert, president and CEO of British Columbia’s SemiosBio Technologies Inc. But at a cost of up to $5,000 a kilogram, pheromones are also one of the costliest pest control products on the market, making targeted deployment key to cost-effectiveness. Ideally, growers would ...


    By SemiosBio Technologies Inc.

  • USDA Invests Nearly $118 Million to Support America`s Speciality Crop Producers

    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced nearly $118 million in grants to strengthen markets for specialty crops, such as fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, horticulture and nursery crops. The grants were authorized through the 2014 Farm Bill as part of an effort to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops and provide resources to strengthen American agriculture. The Secretary made the ...

  • Pesticide drift is persistent problem for farmers

    The cloud of insecticide that drifted from a neighbor's corn field onto the asparagus on Andrew and Melissa Dunham's central Iowa farm cast a shadow over their organic vegetable business. They say the costs from the incident and resulting loss of organic certification on their asparagus patch for three years will reach about $74,000, and they're now working with the sprayer's insurance company. ...


    By Associated Press

  • USDA Makes $5 Million in Farm Bill Support for National Clean Plant Network Available

    U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today the allocation of $5 million to support 19 projects under the National Clean Plant Network (NCPN) funded under the Agriculture Act of 2014 (the 2014 Farm Bill). NCPN-funded facilities provide high-quality propagative plant material that is free of plant pathogens and pests that can otherwise cause economic losses to the ...

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