vegetable harvesting News

  • FAO predicts World Food Import Bill to fall to Five-Year Low

    International prices for agricultural commodities continued to decline in April and abundant inventories are poised to offset any pressure from the slight reduction in global harvests expected this year. Worldwide cereal production will likely decline by 1.5 percent from last year's record-breaking output, mainly due to reduced acreage planted with maize , but the impact will be cushioned by ...

  • California’s Prop 65 and Imazalil Public Health Concerns

    In 1986, California voters approved an initiative to address increasing concerns about exposure to toxic chemicals. That initiative, the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, is better known by its original name of Proposition 65.  Proposition 65 requires businesses to notify Californians about significant amounts of chemicals in the products they purchase, in their homes or ...


    By EMSL Analytical, Inc.

  • Green Revolution adds to human burden on planet

    Humans are changing not just climate overall, but also the difference between seasons in any given year. Researchers in the US believe they now know why global warming has begun to announce itself both in annual rises in temperature and in the seasonal records of carbon dioxide in the northern hemisphere − the same seasonal variation in atmospheric chemistry that also contains within it the ...


    By Climate News Network

  • International experts limit Melamine levels in food

    An international food safety body has set new rules on preparing bagged salads and said the chemical melamine that tainted Chinese milk is acceptable only in tiny amounts in infant formula and food. The maximum amount of melamine allowed in powdered infant formula is 1 mg/kg and the amount of the chemical allowed in other foods and animal feed is 2.5 mg/kg, according to new rulings from the ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Big Hanna at Millets Farm Centre, Frilford, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom

    Millets Farm Centre has an extensive range of facilities including a farm shop, garden centre, cafe, craft gallery and restaurants. For the children they have a farm zoo and play area. The farmhouse restaurant is open daily and meetings, weddings and Parties can be booked in the Lake view restaurant.  From June to September Millets Farm has more than 75 acres of crops ...


    By Susteco AB

  • Corn silage hybrids and seeding rates

    Recent studies report that corn hybrids released in the late 2000s, especially Bt hybrids, require higher seeding rates than commercial hybrids released in the 1990s to reach maximum yields. Expectedly, corn seeding rates in the USA have increased significantly in the past 10 years. However, limited data is available on silage yield and quality responses of recently released hybrids to seeding ...

  • Restore Life to Your Soil With Vermaplex/Black Worm Castings

    Farmers and gardeners alike are looking for ways to improve the health of their soil and ability to store water for drought relief. The United States Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service released its “Unlock the Secrets in the Soil” campaign, ...


    By Vermitechnology Unlimited

  • Here`s our salad – fresh and green!

    A lettuce plant spends around 10 weeks slowly growing in the ground. But once it's harvested, time is of the essence because the fresh leaves will quickly wilt, discolour or become home to germs. Gentle disinfection with chlorine dioxide helps to prevent the last problem. Nasty surprises in your salad Not only are fresh vegetables good for you, but they taste ...

  • Palm oil keeps global food price trend heading up in April

    Global prices of key staple food commodities rose in April, marking its third consecutive monthly increase after four years of decline. The FAO Food Price Index averaged 151.8 points in April, a 0.7 percent increase from March. That is about 10 percent below its level of a year ago and more than a third off its 2011 ...

  • Kenyan Professor promotes indigenous crops to solve Africa’s food crises

    In Kenya, a devastating cycle of drought and flood reflects the worst that climate change has to offer. These and other more insiduous impacts of warming temperatures threaten the health and survival of the nation's poorest and most at-risk inhabitants, namely women and children. The average yearly income in Kenya is less than US$1,000, 60 percent of the population is below poverty level, and ...


    By Worldwatch Institute

  • Grafting helps pepper plants deal with drought

    Joining a high-yield pepper plant sapling to the roots of a strong and resistant variety could help pepper farmers cope with lower rainfall, a study has found. An experiment using the technique of merging two plants, known as grafting, resulted in higher fruit yield during periods of less rain. Plants also grew much better in salty soil, a by-product of drought, the researchers ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Annie`s launches `Root 4 Kids` Campaign encouraging kids nationwide to dig real food

    Annie's, maker of all-natural and organic comfort foods, snacks and cereals, today announced the launch of "Root 4 Kids," a cause-related campaign calling upon parents and teachers nationwide to help kids "dig" or learn about new vegetables in fall 2010 and plant new vegetables in spring 2011. Annie's goal: one million kids digging and planting new veggies now through harvest 2011. To help reach ...

  • Iraq: Serious food security concerns due to conflict

    Iraq is facing serious food security concerns following the recent escalation of conflict in a large swath of the country, FAO warned today. Over 1 million people so far have fled their homes and farms since January, leaving behind jobs and possessions just as the main harvesting season for wheat and barley crops was getting under way. In total, 2 million Iraqis are now displaced within the ...

  • Four million people food insecure in Madagascar

    As many as 4 million people in rural areas of Madagascar are food insecure following this year's reduced harvest. Production of rice – the Indian Ocean island's staple – and maize has been badly hit by erratic weather and a locust invasion. A further 9.6 million people are at risk of food insecurity, say two United Nations agencies. The extent of the island's food crisis is revealed ...

  • Bayer CropScience and GLOBALG.A.P. intensify their cooperation aimed at improving farm practices

    At the Fruit Logistica Trade Fair in Berlin, representatives of Bayer CropScience and GLOBALG.A.P. signed an agreement to further intensify their collaboration. Under this agreement, the partners aim to implement sustainable farm practices and help fruit and vegetable growers worldwide comply with GLOBALG.A.P. certification standards. “Many farmers lack access to professional local and ...


    By Bayer CropScience AG

  • Sharp rise in FAO Food Price Index

    The FAO Food Price Index rose sharply in March, up 4.8 points, or 2.3 percent, to an average of 212.8, the highest level since May 2013. "The Index was influenced, as expected, by unfavourable weather conditions in the US and Brazil and geopolitical tensions in the Black Sea region," said Abdolreza Abbassian, FAO Senior ...

  • Unlocking the water held by US forests not so easy, say experts

    Can forests, which process nearly two-thirds of the nation’s water supply, be managed to help slake our growing demand for water and avert the worst consequences of climate change? A new report from the National Research Council suggests a need for caution in trying to tap greater water output from forests, and recommends more research and citizen involvement to help protect water quality and ...

  • Crisis-hit farmers receive seeds and tools in Central African Republic

    A major operation to distribute seeds and tools has been launched in the Central African Republic to support crisis-hit farming families. This is the largest ever intervention in the country led by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and its humanitarian partners. Some 16 international and national non-governmental organizations are working with FAO to overcome the challenges of ...

  • Mastering Greenhouse Efficiency with Robotics at Vineland

    Imagine technology that could preemptively find disease in plants, allowing growers to address it proactively. Or sensors that could help irrigate more resourcefully. Or robots that could selectively harvest ripe crops. At Vineland Research and Innovation Centre in Niagara, it seems as though the future is now. Vineland’s Robotics & Automation team — comprised of 5 PhDs and 6 ...

  • USDA awards more than US$28m in specialty crop research

    Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer has announced that USDA awarded more than $28 million through the Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) to solve critical specialty crop agriculture issues, address priorities and solve problems through multifunctional research and extension. The Specialty Crop Research Initiative was established by the 2008 Farm Bill to support the specialty crop industry by ...

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