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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.
Switchgrass for fuel and forage focus of Tennessee field day
The University of Tennessee Center for Native Grasslands Management is hosting a field day June 18 in Loudon County in East Tennessee to highlight the potential for switchgrass to be used as a fuel and as livestock forage.
North Carolina soybeans can expect a healthy kudzu bug crop
According to a leading North Carolina entomologist, North Carolina soybean farmers can expect plenty of kudzu bugs to find their fields this summer.
Georgia cotton gets Counter Special 18 use for nematodes, thrips
Georgia cotton growers have been granted a Section 18 emergency exemption use for Counter 20G by the Environmental Protection Agency to manage cotton nematodes and thrips.
Kentucky closer to getting hemp seed held up by DEA
The Kentucky Department of Agriculture is closer to getting a shipment of hemp seeds being held by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
New “whole-farm” insurance program for fruit, vegetable growers
Many fruit and vegetable crops have not had crop insurance programs designed for them. The new Whole-farm Revenue Protection insurance program changes that.
USDA to contact Southern farmers in June
USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service will spend the first two weeks of June surveying thousands of farmers in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina to get a clear indication of the production and supply of major commodities for 2014.
U.S. corn farmers set to set record in 2014
U.S. corn farmers are on track to set a record corn crop for the second consecutive year, according to the USDA projections released May 9. Acreage will be down but yields pegged to increase, leading to a record 13.9 billion bushels.
A closer look at Virginia’s grain production and storage capacity
Virginia’s grain storage capacity levels have been fairly consistent over time and on-farm storage capacity is approximately 61 percent of total storage capacity.
Interesting highlights from the recent Census of Agriculture
The USDA released May 5 the updated data from the 2012 Census of Agriculture. From surprising number of newer farmers to the percentage of farms now hooked to the Web, here are a few highlights from the census.
New farm bill program pays for conservation easements
Sign up for the farm bill-funded Agricultural Conservation Easement Program ends June 6.
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