Chris Bickers

Articles by Chris Bickers
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
Blue mold hits late tobacco crop
Long rainy spells punctuated the planting season in many of the South's tobacco-growing areas. As aresult, much of the
Fruit, vegetable growers find 'uptown' markets
Farmers markets are showing up in a variety of new places, and they are creating new sales opportunities for fruit and
Tobacco growers wary of FDA ruling
Congress made history with a vote on tobacco in June. But it wasn’t the kind of history that growers wanted to be part
Wet spring slowed Virginia, North Carolina peanuts
As in most of the Southeastern states, peanut acreage in Virginia and North Carolina will definitely fall below
New variety to help grow raspberry market 2
With an appealing new variety and a market that has barely been tapped, southern raspberry growers are in position to
Good weather boosts Virginia/Carolina wheat crop
The weather took a favorable turn in April for wheat growers in Virginia and North Carolina. Thanks to cool
Is it safe to grow tobacco off contract?
As tobacco growers adjust to the shock of substantial reductions in the number of pounds offered in contracts by many
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