Chris Bickers

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
New land boosts peanut profits
Since peanut production was deregulated in 2002, there have been significant shifts in production areas within states
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
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