organic orchard News

  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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

  • 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. ...

  • CJP organize Brainstorming sessions on Genetics, Agronomics, Horticulture & Commercial Advancement in Moringa Farming

    India based CJP- The Advanced Biofuel Center’s 2 Day Moringa State of Art International Workshop: 3rd Global Moringa Meet 2014 focuses on the entire Moringa production from Ground zero to scale from November 21 & 22, 2014, Jaipur, India. Topics are carefully selected to cover the Agronomy, Horticulture, Biology, Engineering, Marketing and Financial aspects of Moringa ...


    By Advanced Biofuel Center

  • Olive growing in Saudi Arabia

    A delegation of representatives of the Saudi olive growing sector was received on 7 October by various officials of the IOC Executive Secretariat, including the Executive Director, the Deputy Directors, the Head of the Department of Research & Development and Environment and the Head of the Promotion Unit. Mr Aboabat, the CEO of the company Al-Watania and Mr Sahbi Mahjoub from the Agromillora ...

  • New partnership grants demonstrate integrated pest management

    Grants totaling nearly US$1 million have been awarded for projects that use Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approaches to reduce pesticide risk. The grants will support the demonstration of innovative IPM practices, technologies, outreach and education. IPM is an effective and environmentally sensitive approach to pest management that relies on a combination of common-sense practices. In ...

  • Solfocus partners with Bechtel to deliver renewable power for California agribusiness

    SolFocus, Bechtel Power Corporation and developer Sol Orchard, announced today that a one megawatt high concentrator photovoltaic (CPV) power plant was completed for Nichols Farms in Hanford, CA. This is the latest in a string of distributed generation projects that SolFocus has completed and continues CPV on the path to utility-scale generation. The SolFocus installation will produce 2.244 ...


    By SolFocus, Inc.

  • Knowledge based sales result in lowest life cycle cost decisions

    Too many purchases of products and services are based on inadequate knowledge of the alternatives or lack of life cycle cost claim verification by the vendors. A whole new environment created by KNOWLEDGE BASED SALES will change this situation. A knowledge bridge using all the latest digital technology has been created between the supplier and end user. The suppliers now reach the purchasers who ...


    By The McIlvaine Company

  • No-tillage management of olive groves can improve soil structure while maintaining yield

    Non-conservative tillage techniques, such as milling and harrowing, are the most common way to manage soil in Mediterranean olive orchards. A new study confirms the value of alternative methods based on the use of spontaneous cover crops which can significantly improve soil structure and reduce erosion whilst maintaining yields. The olive tree is one of the most widespread crops in the ...

  • Penton Agriculture bolsters its eLearning, agriculture leader now offers interactive accredited continuing education

    Penton Agriculture today announced it has bolstered its eLearning with a new interactive platform www.pentonag.com. Farmers will now find all Penton Agriculture online continuing education on a new site that is fast, modern and easy to navigate across all mobile devices as well as the desktop. Photo – http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20150707/232532 “Our first online continuing ...


    By Penton

  • 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 ...

  • 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

  • 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

  • Flood-affected Serbian farmers receive EU and FAO aid

    European Union assistance to flood-affected Serbian farm households got under way with a first delivery of animal feed here today. Financed by the EU and delivered in partnership with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the assistance forms part of the EU's overall flood recovery package to Serbia valued at €30m. Farmers in Trstenik are among the first to receive the EU ...

  • 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.

  • AgriTechNews Money Saving Rice Crops to a New Innovative Fertiliser Approach

    Another week, another agri-tech development taking progress to the next level. From rice crops that can save farmers money and cut pollution to an innovative approach to a new fertiliser, here’s four articles that caught our eye. It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s a USDA Aerial Cover Crop Seeding Helicopter ...


    By Rethink Events Ltd.

  • Potentially Dangerous Pesticide Approved for Use in California

    LA Testing provides environmental and air testing services to ensure indoor and outdoor surroundings are safe for people. Earlier this month California regulators approved the controversial pesticide, methyl iodide, for use on fruits and vegetables across the state.  Methyl iodide is replacing methyl bromide, which is a potent neurotoxin and one of a number of chemicals that have been found ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • AgriSolar Solutions, Inc. Completes Additional Testing of Solar Insect Killing Technology

    DENVER, CO -- (Marketwire) -- 08/05/10 -- AgriSolar Solutions, Inc. (OTCBB: AGSO) announced today that it has recently received formal written test results from two separate studies conducted by independent organizations in late 2009. Each of the studies were designed to test the effectiveness of the Company's solar insect killing technology in a particular environment. The first test, which ...


    By Marketwire

  • 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 ...

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