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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 ...

  • Funicular Power - Newton's Apple to the Rescue

    If you have been reading entries in the “Black Swan Blog” you should have noticed that they deal with concepts that are somewhat off the mainstream but still very grounded in real world situations and applications.  However, in my introduction to this blog I did warn readers that some of the ideas would be really “out there”. This is one of those blogs. ...


    By 3BL Media

  • 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 ...

  • Study reveals causes of apple skin spot

    For fruit crops such as apples, compromised skin appearance usually results in reduced market value. Identifying causes of fruit disorders and diseases can help producers modify growing strategies and increase profits. Researchers in Germany recently released a study of "skin spot", a disorder found in 'Elstar' (and occasionally in 'Golden Delicious') apples after CA storage that is characterized ...

  • 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.

  • Machine harvesting may increase apple supply for hard cider market

    Cider - or "hard cider" as it is typically known in the United States - is experiencing a real revival. The fermented apple juice with 0.5% to 7% alcohol-by-volume is the fastest growing alcohol market segment in the US, boasting a 54% increase in production annually from 2007 to 2012. Naturally, increasing consumer demand for cider translates to a need for more apples to make quality cider ...

  • Apple digs in on green with China solar, US forest projects

    In a quest to be more green, Apple says it is investing in Chinese solar power and preserving forests that make environmentally friendly paper. The initiatives come as the tech giant this year met a self-imposed goal of powering all its U.S. operations with renewable energy to reduce carbon emissions - initiatives that have won high marks from environmental groups. On Thursday, Apple announced a ...


    By Associated Press

  • 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.

  • The Bumper Apple Harvest continues – Cone Bottom Tanks bring cider makers success

    Amongst the growers reporting 2015 to be a record apple harvest are the monks of Ampleforth Abbey whose orchards in the North of England are still harvested by hand. The orchard comprises some 2,000 trees that span over 40 varieties of apple, with some being ready for harvest at different times of the year. Therefore, the yield will span over several months. According to official figures from The ...


    By ENDURAMAXX

  • Private investment in trees could replenish Africa`s land

    Africa's severe land degradation could be reversed by private sector investment in tree-based restoration technologies, a meeting heard. Poor agricultural practices and deforestation are some of the causes of land ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • 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 ...

  • New Distributors in Colombia

      PEMARD is happy to annouce that Olive Tree Lab- Terrain is now represented by SAK Soluciones de Audio & Acustica in Colombia. For more information, please visit http://www.sak.com.co or contact SAK at : SAK, Calle 4 # 1-97, Tel. 892-4500, Cel. 316-524-3527, Cali.   ...

  • Cider Season is Nearly Upon Us – Cone Bottom Tanks at the Ready!

    As summer matures, so too do the fruits on the UK’s heaving apple and pear trees. Although Horticulture Week indicates that 2015 will see a slight dip in Europe’s forecast apple and pear harvests, with a 4 per cent dip for apples and 3 for pears, both harvests are still above the average for the last three years. Across the 28 EU member states, 11,974,000 tonnes of apples and ...


    By ENDURAMAXX

  • 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.

  • 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 SemiosBio Technologies Inc.

  • UF/IFAS apps give irrigation, growing tips and more

    Looking to save money and water when you irrigate? UF/IFAS scientists have developed an app for that. Want to know what plants to grow in your garden? You guessed it: UF/IFAS has an app for that as well. UF/IFAS’ so-called “smart irrigation apps” include an urban lawn app that estimates how long you’ll need to water your lawn to meet current plant water demand. It uses a ...

  • Luna® Fungicide Label Expansion Gives Growers New Crops for Broad-Spectrum Disease Control

    Bayer has received notice that the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved an expanded label for Luna® fungicides permitting use on a larger group of fruit, nut and vegetable crops. Once approved in relevant states, these label expansions will be effective across a broad geographical ...


    By Bayer CropScience AG

  • 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, ...

  • 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 SemiosBio Technologies Inc.

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