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Immigration reform: U.S. fruit and vegetable group ready to work directly with Obama
“If the House continues to disregard its responsibility to address this issue, the produce industry has no choice but to work with the Administration on short-term administrative patches that will be appreciated, but are ultimately unsatisfactory."
Is it time to consider a corn fungicide application?
Hot, humid weather, which now hits much of the South, spurs corn diseases. As corn reaches tasseling stage, is a fungicide needed to secure yield? Depends.
Kentucky craft beer made with Vietnam vet sorghum
West Sixth Brewing Company and Country Boy Brewing, both in Lexington, Ky., have concocted a special beer infused with sorghum from Townsend Sorghum Mill, which is owned and operated by Danny Townsend, a Vietnam veteran and founding member of Homegrown by Heroes and Appalachia Proud.
Survey looks to get handle on Southeast catfish numbers
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service is looking to contact catfish producers across the Southeast to collect information for the 2014 July Catfish Production report. Producers should receive survey questionnaires in June and can respond via the Internet, mail or fax.
Cotton insect pressure increasing in Deep South
Cotton insects on the move in Alabama cotton, and growers advised not to tankmix too much and target insecticide sprays as needed to save fruit first and relieve cotton plant stress later.
Farm-state senators move to stop EPA water rule
The Protecting Water and Property Rights Act of 2014, introduced in the Senate, aims to stop the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers from finalizing their March 2014 proposed rule, which farm groups say would unnecessarily expand federal authority under the Clean Water Act.
(Alert) Downy mildew epidemic reported in Georgia melons
A serious epidemic of downy mildew has been reported in Georgia watermelons, and spider mites are coming on strong as temperatures heat up.
Wheat to soybean double-crop burndown
When it comes to double crop soybeans, know the weed spectrum in the harvested wheat field and make the right choices to manage Liberty Link or Roundup Ready soybeans.
(Alert) Southern corn rust spreading across Georgia, chlorothalonil shortage in peanuts
Southern corn rust is the worst in a decade in Georgia, and peanut growers in the state need to know what to do as they face a shortage of chlorothalonil in peanut production.
Pecan scab significantly reduced by surfactant added to fungicide mix
Recent University of Georgia trials show adding something to the fungicide mix could greatly reduce pecan scab, pecan's No. 1 disease.
Swat down livestock face flies
Face flies are hard to control pasture pests.They can cause transmission of Moraxella bovis, or bovine pinkeye or infectious bovine keratoconjunctivitis. A good control program should keep face fly numbers below 10 per head.
Kentucky grain farmers warned as Palmer amaranth moves across state
Palmer amaranth is new to Kentucky farm fields, and the problem weed is on the move across the state. University of Kentucky weed specialists ask grain farmers to watch for it.
High thrips numbers reported in North Carolina tobacco
North Carolina tobacco farmers and consultants reported higher-than-normal tobacco thrips numbers in late spring, raising concern for higher tomato spotted wilt virus infections.
Record U.S. ag exports predicted in 2014
The Outlook for U.S. Agricultural Trade report says during fiscal year 2014 agricultural exports will reach $149.5 billion, a new record.
Window for immigration reform closing fast
A director of legislative affairs told the Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association board of directors that if immigration reform doesn’t happen in the next two months, it likely won’t happen until 2017.
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