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  • Cover Crops Add to Farm Sustainability

    A potentially record-setting U.S. corn harvest is underway. Many farmers can attribute the use of cover crops as one of multiple best management practices (BMPs) that help them increase yield year after year. Combined with BMPs of The Fertilizer Institute’s 4R Nutrient Stewardship program that promotes the application of nutrients at the right source, right rate, right time and right place, ...

  • Producing strawberries in high-pH soil at high elevations

    Fruit and vegetable production in high-elevation areas can be a difficult enterprise. Variable weather and soil conditions typical of these regions, such as the southwestern United States, present multiple challenges for growers. "High frequency and intensity of late spring frosts in semiarid climates have made fruit production challenging," explained Shengrui Yao, corresponding author of a study ...

  • Crop Growers Told to Prepare for Low Price Era

    Following some of the best years ever for growing row crops, an agricultural economist advised farmers to prepare for several years of lower prices, at a workshop at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s 95th Annual Convention. “The last six years have been extraordinary years if you are a row crop producer,” said Matthew Roberts, an associate professor at Ohio State ...

  • Hudson Valley organic farm produces seeds largely by hand

    Drying corn stalks wilt in late summer sun as Ken Greene tours his crops. Calendula flowers are past bloom and brown. Melon leaves lay crinkled by the dirt. Plants have, literally, gone to seed. A perfect picture for an organic seed harvest. "It looks like hell now, but it's actually good for the seeds," said Greene, co-founder of the Hudson Valley Seed Library. The small business 70 miles ...


    By Associated Press

  • 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 ...

  • Taller, thinner crop beds save money, water, other resources

    Looking out over thousands of acres of tomatoes, Miguel Talavera, director of East Coast growing operations at Pacific Tomato Grower, Ltd., marvels at the narrow lanes of fruit that are thriving in the hot Florida sun. Talavera credits increase in yield and a decrease in the use of fumigants to a collaboration with researchers and Extension faculty at the University of Florida Institute of Food ...

  • John Deere Adds 8-Row Folding Corn Head to Harvesting Equipment Line

    Corn growers operating John Deere group 6 and 7 S-Series Combines now have the option of using an 8-row folding corn head to harvest their crops. The new 608FC corn head helps customers overcome transportation challenges in areas with narrow roads ...


    By John Deere

  • Insect-eating bats save global maize farmers €0.91 billion a year from crop damage

    Insect-eating bats are estimated to be worth US$ 1 billion (€0.91 billion) a year to maize farmers around the world, a new study has revealed. Not only do bats reduce crop damage by eating adult corn earworm crop pests, they also suppress fungal infections in maize ears. Bats and their habitats need to be better protected for their ecological and economic contributions, say the study’s ...

  • AgBiome Granted Multi-year Award to Discover Biological Solutions to Diseases Affecting Subsistence Crops of Sub-Saharan Africa

    The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded AgBiome a new multi-year grant, entitled “Broad-Spectrum Biological Control of Fungal Diseases,” which will fund the evaluation and development of lead, proprietary biological fungicides in the fields of African smallholder farmers. The aim of the project is to identify and validate biological fungicides to control one or more of ...


    By AgBiome, Inc.

  • Department of Energy Announces 18 New Projects to Accelerate Technologies for Efficient Residential Combined Heat and Power Generation and Bioenergy Crop Development

    The Energy Department’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) today announced $55 million in funding for 18 innovative projects as part of ARPA-E’s two newest programs: GENerators for Small Electrical and Thermal Systems (GENSETS) and Transportation Energy Resources from Renewable Agriculture (TERRA). GENSETS projects are aimed at developing generator technologies that ...


    By US Department of Energy

  • ATG: Tyres in service of ‘flowering beauties’

    “Tulips from Amsterdam” have often been sung about, and indeed fields of flowering tulips characterise the Dutch landscape in spring time. Just as other high value crops, tulips require farmers to pay particular attention to the protection of plants and bulbs. That is why R&D engineers at ATG developed the Alliance Row Crop Radial. “These tyres offer superior protection for ...


    By Alliance Tire Group (ATG)

  • Self-seeding: an innovative management system

    US researchers have investigated the potential for rye and wheat cover crops to perpetuate themselves, saving time and money for farmers while providing environmental benefits Winter cover crops provide important ecological functions that include nutrient cycling and soil cover. Although cover crop benefits to agroecosystems are well documented, cover crop use in agronomic farming systems ...


    By American Society of Agronomy

  • Vineland Creating Opportunities with Okra

    Coupled with growth in demand for local food and exotic vegetables, diversification can provide Ontario growers with profitable alternatives to conventional crops. According to Statistics Canada, over six million kilograms of okra are imported into Canada every year, yet domestic production is limited. The ability to develop local production systems to supply this emerging market can help promote ...

  • John Deere Introduces SeedStar™ Mobile for Improving Planter Performance

    In conjunction with the launch of the ExactEmerge™ planters and MaxEmerge™ 5 row units, John Deere introduces SeedStar Mobile to help producers better visualize, document, and access their planting data in real time. The new John Deere SeedStar Mobile solution uses an iPad to provide critical planting information producers need to better monitor and document their planter ...


    By John Deere

  • Ecological thermal weed-killing system with hot foam

    The “Schiumone”  (Big Foam)  is an  ecological thermal weed-killing machine for vineyards and tree crops in general, able to produce hot foam and distribute it a targeted way under the rows of the trees. When the temperature of the vegetable fiber exceeds 60° occurs the collapse of the proteins and within a few days the drying of the same. Since the foam has an ...

  • EIMA International 2016 – Double award for SPEZIA-TECNOVICT

    The “Schiumone” (Big Foam) is a patented solution for weed control wich won the New Techniques Award and the Blue Award at EIMA in Bologna. It is an ecological thermal weed-killing machine for vineyards and tree crops in general, able to produce hot foam and distribute it a targeted way under the rows of the trees. When the temperature of the vegetable ...

  • Erratic weather threatens livelihoods in Pakistan

    In recent years, climatic stresses, particularly droughts and floods, have devastated yields and caused crops to fail for many farmers across Pakistan. Erratic rainfall — particularly in rain-fed areas like Taxila, 20 miles northwest of the capital, Islamabad — has further exacerbated farmers' problems and led to a ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Marrone Bio Innovations` Regalia Biofungicide Included in Fungicide Resistance Action Committee`s 2012 Code List

    Marrone Bio Innovations Inc. (MBI), a leading global provider of natural products for the agricultural and water treatment markets, announced today that the active ingredient in its Regalia® biofungicide, Reynoutria sachalinensis, has been included ...

  • John Deere Announces Allied Agreement with Dawn Equipment Company

    John Deere announced today an alliance with Dawn Equipment Company, Inc., a manufacturer specializing in ground engaging tools and active control systems for planters. The alliance allows John Deere to sell and support Dawn hydraulic-controlled down-force systems, row cleaners, and closing wheels for planters. "With this agreement, we will be able to collaborate with Dawn to distribute ...


    By John Deere

  • Keeping a pulse on the soil

    Leaving behind stubble is not ideal when shaving, but it’s a good practice to leave behind crop “stubble” after harvest. According to soil scientist Frank Larney, crop residue anchors the soil against wind and water erosion. Avoiding bare soils is one part of a soil conservation package he and his research team demonstrate in a 12-year experiment growing pulses in southern ...

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