Chris Bickers

Chris
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Spotted wing drosophila is here to stay
The fruit fly spotted wing drosophila preys on soft and sweet fruits, and if farmers are growing any, they need to be prepared to manage this pest. It's here to stay.
It wasn’t a bad season for blueberries in the Carolinas
The yield on Scott Barefoot’s blueberries was only average in 2013. But considering the season―a cold spring and an extremely wet summer―he was satisfied.
tobacco, markets, weather
What tobacco farmers can expect in 2014
It was a roller coaster ride for most tobacco growers in 2013.
Strawberry marketing is a priority
On the face of it, strawberries and tobacco may not look like the best two enterprises for a combined fruits, vegetables and row crops operation.
Muscadine growers look for bumper crop 1
The growing season for muscadines in North Carolina continued to go well after a promising beginning. “We have a good
More economical muscadine harvesting
As the buyout of tobacco quota drew near, David Allen of Lisbon, N.C., and his father Ray decided to get out of the
Leaf diseases complicate tobacco production
When Joey Scott of Kenly, N.C., heard that blue mold had been found on tobacco in his neighborhood, he knew he had to
Tobacco growers wrestle with acreage decisions
You couldn’t find a better illustration of the uncertainty facing American tobacco growers this year than the dilemma
Carolina strawberries a little short
North Carolina strawberries experienced unprecedented winter cold, and through mid-May, it appeared yield would be
Carolina muscadines off to a good start
A good crop of muscadines appeared to be on the way this spring in North and South Carolina. Though the crop started
Will 2010 tobacco crop find a home?
Tobacco growers faced a tough marketing reality as they transplanted their 2010 crop. Contracts from buyers were down
North Carolina pushing farm exports
When farmer groups in North Carolina set out to promote their products in foreign markets, they have a secret weapon to
Tobacco curing goes high-tech
One of the most efficient energy saving strategies, but also one of the least used, is the proper use of a wet-bulb
Crop prospects prop up machinery purchases
With a boost from the good outlook for cotton and peanuts, the Southeastern market for farm machinery in 2010 seemed
Greenhouse tomatoes a success story
When a row crop farmer gets into an enterprise that involves selling food products directly to the consumer, he has to
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