Chris Bickers

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Virginia, Carolina peanut yields set records
The record peanut yield in Virginia and the record-tying yield in North Carolina — which were the highest state yields
Fresh market muscadines finding niche
Muscadine grapes sold unprocessed on the fresh market could be the next hot item in the grape industry. At least that
Pallet racks offer low-cost tobacco curing
The challenge for a tobacco farmer who needs more curing capacity is to find a way to use the curing space he has more
Double curing can boost tobacco profits
If you need extra capacity to handle your stalk-cut tobacco, the first impulse might be to build a new barn. But over
Extended harvest maximizes curing barn use
The fixed costs of your curing facilities account for a big chunk of the expense of growing a pound of
Vegetable grower highly diversified 1
Just a few years ago, Charles Tart’s farm near Dunn, N.C., revolved around tobacco, with cotton and strawberries coming
Roadside markets rev up in North Carolina
A lot of good things are happening with fruit and vegetables and other local products, and if you have suitable land
Mechanization helps make cucumbers profitable 1
What started out as a bold experiment in mechanized cucumber production in 2005 has now become a dependable production
Tobacco grower learns on the job
Since tobacco was deregulated in 2004, the question everyone in the industry has been asking has been how many farmers
Muscadines replace tobacco crop
It wasn’t so long ago that Greg Hyman’s farm near Conway, S.C., grew lush every summer with the green leaves of the
North Carolina explores exports to China
The boom in farm exports to China shows no signs of diminishing, and North Carolina farmers are determined to be part
North Carolina explores exports to China
The boom in farm exports to China shows no signs of diminishing, and North Carolina farmers are determined to be part
Tobacco growers making equipment investments
The instability of the tobacco business has made many growers gun shy about capital investments. But if you are going
Tobacco growers not shy about capital investments
The instability of the tobacco business has made many growers gun shy about capital investments. But if you are going
High tunnel berries could be boon for growers
Don’t be surprised if berry growers in the Southeast start to develop “tunnel” vision. That’s because the new
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