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  • Wild bees boost apple harvest

    Orchards pollinated by a wide range of wild bee species grow more apples than those pollinated by fewer species, finds a new US study. Its authors suggest that farmers could consider investing in wild bee conservation to improve crop yield. Many farmers around the world hire or manage hives of honeybees to help pollinate crops including fruit and nuts. However, demand for pollinator-dependent ...

  • China seeking to export apples to US

    China has its sights set on exporting its fruit to the United States. And that's OK with growers in Washington, who harvest the bulk of America's apple crop. Having the world's No. 1 apple producer as a competitor may seem counterintuitive, but growers say opening U.S. borders to Chinese apples means American farmers should in turn be able to get a foothold in the country's lucrative and growing ...


    By Associated Press

  • 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

  • The Bumper Apple Harvest Continues – Dry Weather and Cone Bottom Tanks Needed!

    With so many varieties grown across the UK, it’s no wonder that the apple harvest continues as winter approaches. The Worcester News reports how the ideal summer for apple growing is still resulting in an on-going record harvest which is great news for the growing number of cider producers across the country and for the expanding and varying cider market. Although the summer might not have ...


    By ENDURAMAXX

  • 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

  • Bumper Apple Harvest – Conical Cone Bottom Tanks For Cider Production

    The Telegraph reports that 2014 is going to produce a bumper apple crop and that’s great news for growers, cider producers and consumers alike. The combination of ample sunshine and rain means that this year’s harvest is going to provide crunchier and juicier apples and it may well be the best in living memory. This year’s apple harvest is set to begin earlier than that of 2013, ...


    By ENDURAMAXX

  • Northeast Family Farmers Squeezed By Climate Change

    ITHACA, New York, July 13, 2007 (ENS) - While a warmer climate will trigger a longer growing season and the opportunity to experiment with new crops in the Northeast, 'it will also open the door to invasion by new and aggressive crop pests, damaging summer heat stress and serious challenges with water management,' warns David Wolfe, a Cornell University expert on the effects of climate change on ...

  • 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

  • NFU Cymru Reminds Farmers to Complete Harvest Survey – Molasses Tanks and Cone Bottom Tanks for Harvest

    Farmers are being urged by NFU Cymru to complete a questionnaire about this years harvest. The Harvest Survey will contribute towards the first source of published data on UK crop production levels for this year. It also looks to get the full picture of the wheat crop by mid-September and the year’s harvest of major combinable crops to date by early October. The Harvest Survey will also ...


    By ENDURAMAXX

  • Pesticides: Operator safety is paramount

    Each year in France, almost 80,000 tons of pesticides are spread over crops. Farmers are often the unintended targets. At Cemagref, innovative research is being carried out to characterise the exposure of professional personnel to pesticides on the basis of surveys and samples from the field. Farming professionals are the most exposed to pesticides. In France in 2005, they were approximately 800 ...


    By ScienceDaily

  • EPA approves three new moth mating disruption products

    Semios, provider of real-time agricultural information and precision pest management tools, has been given 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 of ...


    By Semios

  • Life cycle study demonstrates the long-term costs of everyday crops

    The environmental and economic costs of a selection of common crops have been determined by a new study, which hopes to improve agricultural sustainability assessments in Europe. The researchers used life cycle analysis on organically farmed tomatoes and pears, and intensively farmed wheat, apples, and lettuce to show the overall impact of agricultural methods. Agriculture accounts for 45% of ...

  • Semios Receives Canadian Regulatory Approval for Aerosol Pheromones in Agriculture

    Semios, provider of real-time agricultural information and precision pest management tools, has been given approval by Health Canada, Pest Management Regulatory Authority for their Semios OFM Plus pheromone product that disrupts the mating of oriental fruit moth. “We have already had great success rates with this product in the US and Europe, so we are especially pleased to have the ...


    By Semios

  • Vertically integrated partnership serves hot thanksgiving-style meal to Nickelsville tent city residents

    Recently, several Vertically Integrated Partnership (VIP) partners, including University of Washington Housing & Food Services, Hirai Farms, Food Services of America, Annie's Fun and Sodexo, served approximately 100 residents of the Nickelsville Tent City (http://www.nickelsvilleseattle.org/) in Seattle a hot Thanksgiving-style meal. The meal included ...

  • Need to know what to spray on citrus trees to keep bugs at bay? There’s an app for that

    Florida has nearly 70 million citrus trees on more than 531,500 acres. Now imagine trying to figure out what pesticide to spray on each of those trees to keep them safe from citrus greening. University of Florida researcher James Tansey says the answer is as close as your Android smartphone with a new app developed with ZedX, an information technologies company based in Pennsylvania.  The ...

  • USDA spending $3M to feed honeybees in Midwest

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Tuesday it will spend millions of dollars to help farmers and ranchers improve pastures in five Midwestern states to provide food for the nation's struggling honeybees. Commercial honeybees pollinate an estimated $15 billion worth of produce each year. Many beekeepers bring hives to the ...


    By Associated Press

  • EPA approves two insecticides for control of invasive stink bug

    On June 24, 2011 EPA approved, for emergency use, the insecticide dinotefuran (trade names Venom and Scorpion) on tree fruit to help manage populations of the brown marmorated stink bug, an invasive insect that has caused extensive yield losses in tree fruit production in the mid-Atlantic region. The approval, known as an emergency exemption, applies to Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, ...

  • EU study on bee-killing pesticides increases pressure for ban expansion

    A study by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has linked the spraying of three neonicotinoid pesticides to harmful effects on bees, increasing the pressure on the European Commission to expand a current EU-wide ban to all uses and crops, said Greenpeace. EFSA assessed the safety of pesticides thiamethoxam (produced by Syngenta), clothianidin and imidacloprid (both produced by Bayer) ...


    By Greenpeace International

  • Walmart unveils global sustainable agriculture goals

    Walmart today launched its new global commitment to sustainable agriculture that will help small and medium sized farmers expand their businesses, get more income for their products, and reduce the environmental impact of farming. The initiative also seeks to strengthen local economies while providing customers around the world with long-term access to affordable, high-quality, fresh food. "More ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Food fraud: MEPs call for measures to fix weak links in the production chain

    The European Parliament voices concern at the growth in food fraud, which it says exploits structural weaknesses in the production chain. MEPs argue that food fraud risks are aggravated by the complexity and cross-frontier nature of this chain, coupled with the essentially national nature of inspections, penalties and enforcement measures. «The first problem is a lack of comparable data, ...


    By European Parliament

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