horticulturist News

  • Workshop: How to Grow Bigger, Better Strawberries and Get Them Earlier

    Small-fruit researchers with the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The Ohio State University will offer a workshop May 25 on a production method that results in larger, sweeter strawberries and can help growers extend the harvest season by weeks. Called plasticulture strawberry production, the method is an increasingly popular technique in which strawberries are planted ...


    By Ohio State University

  • AgBiome Innovations and SePRO Enter Commercial Business Partnership

    AgBiome Innovations today announced a new partnership with SePRO Corporation to combine their strengths to offer an innovative biological product to the turf and ornamental market. The first product, a highly effective, broad-spectrum fungicide, is expected to be available for applications in early 2017. “Our ever-growing collection of sequenced microbes, combined with AgBiome’s ...


    By AgBiome, Inc.

  • In organic cover crops, more seeds means fewer weeds

    Farmers cultivating organic produce often use winter cover crops to add soil organic matter, improve nutrient cycling and suppress weeds. Now these producers can optimize cover crop use by refining seeding strategies, thanks to work by an Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientist. In moderate climates, suppressing weeds in winter cover crops is important because weeds that grow throughout ...

  • Rotating Trellis Boosts Profits for Blackberry Growers

    A U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientist developed a specialized trellis system to help blackberry growers boost profits. Agricultural Research Service (ARS) horticulturist Fumiomi Takeda of the Appalachian Fruit Research Station in Kearneysville, West Virginia, developed a rotating cross-arm (RCA) trellis and cane-training system to help growers overcome environmental ...

  • Australian vegetable farms could be fully automated by 2025

    Australia could see fully automated vegetable farms by 2025, according to top robotics researchers, with the ability to automate the entire production process for some crop commodities emerging through targeted research and development in the industry. The latest edition of the InfoVeg Radio R&D podcast, developed specifically for Australian vegetable producers, features the developer of the ...


    By AUSVEG

  • Combatting diseases in the greenhouse before they become visible

    A camera that maps photosynthesis, a DNA test that can measure the slightest traces of pathogens, or a precision spray system that only affects the plant and not the surrounding air… The Gezonde Kas (‘healthy greenhouse’) project has, over the last four years, allowed for the development of a sophisticated system of monitoring and disease control. It is now ready for practical ...

  • Chronica Horticulturae 54 number 1 (March 2014)

    Chronica Horticulturae 54 number 1 (March 2014) is available now.  To download your copy go to http://www.ishs.org/chronica-horticulturae/vol54nr1  Table of contents: News & Views from the Board: ISHS Core ...

  • High Tunnels Extend Alaska`s Growing Season

    Stephanie and Jim Gaiser take their cues for living from the Bible and say that when God created man, he put him in a garden. "That was his first line of work," Stephanie Gaiser said. "We believe man is really in his element when he's in the garden. And since it's Alaska, you need a little help." The Gaiser's Eden is a 72-foot seasonal high tunnel, a tall hoop house used to cover crops and extend ...


    By Associated Press

  • USDA and DOE award biomass research and development grants to reduce America`s reliance on imported oil

    As part of the Obama Administration's comprehensive plan to address rising gas prices, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced a total of $47 million to fund eight research and development projects that will support the production of biofuels, bioenergy and high-value biobased products from a variety of biomass sources. These investments in ...


    By US Department of Energy

  • 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

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