The 2014-2015 Florida orange crop is estimated to be 96.4 million boxes, according to a May 12 report by USDA. This is 5.6 million boxes less than estimates earlier this year and 8 million boxes less than last year’s production.
Federal Aviation Administration earlier this week proposed a framework of regulations to allow the use of certain non-recreational small unmanned aircraft systems, or UASs (also known as drones). The rules would limit flights to daylight and visual-line-of-sight operations.
The East Tennessee Grain and Soybean Conference, sponsored by the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, will focus on improving production in East Tennessee. Topics for the program will include managing your crops from the ground up -- disease, insect and weed control.
A polar vortex dropped Southern temperatures dramatically last week. In some places, like in south Georgia, temperatures crashed to 20 degrees or below with a sharp wind chill, enough to bite hard some cabbage and broccoli fields.
During the month of December Georgia Soil & Water Conservation Commission staff, assisted by Georgia Forestry Commission, will be collecting water use data from meters installed on agricultural irrigation systems. Since 2003, more than 13,000 water meters have been installed to monitor agricultural water usage in Georgia.
The 3rd National Vegetable Grafting Symposium: “Growing New Roots for the Vegetable Industry in the U.S.” will be Jan. 8, 2015 at the Savannah International Trade and Convention Center in conjunction with the Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference.
The new options provide greater coverage for losses when natural disasters affect specialty crops such as vegetables, fruits, mushrooms, floriculture, ornamental nursery, aquaculture, turf grass, ginseng, honey, syrup, and energy crops.
Olam International, a global agribusiness operation, announced Dec. 4 that it has signed a purchase agreement to acquire a 100 percent interest in Georgia-based peanut sheller McCleskey Mills at an enterprise value of $176 million.
The technical innovation of cotton growers in Australia and the United States qualifies cotton fiber under the Cotton LEADS program, which promotes the responsible production practices of cotton grown in the two countries, as a 100 percent bio-based ingredient for textile and nonwoven products and meets the new requirements under the USDA BioPreferred Program guidelines.
Kentucky’s Department of Agriculture is looking for Kentucky farmers interested in growing hemp next year as part of the state’s new program to reestablish hemp as a viable commodity, but growers will need to fill out the proper paperwork by Jan. 1.