Gardenhour Orchards, which encompasses 105 acres within the Chesapeake Bay watershed, is the 100th Maryland farm to receive the Farm Stewardship Certification and Assessment Program certificate and sign from the Maryland Association of Soil Conservation Districts....More
To get a better idea of what blueberries endure as they tumble through a packing line, Charlie Li developed the Berry Impact Recording Device, or BIRD. An embedded electronic chip records all the bumps and bruises as the device rattles along with the berries.
Justin Shealey poked holes, sampled gas and got muddy all in an effort to help the vegetable growers in his area not lose tens of thousands of dollars and time by accidentally killing their spring transplants.
Encouraging younger generations of farmers to get involved in the produce industry can be a daunting task, but the Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association executive board members decided it was a necessary one for the association’s operations in 2015....More
Citrus greening causes leaves to store high levels of starch that can rotate the direction of reflected light from its original orientation. Florida scientists used this to develop a sensor to find the disease early in orchards....More
What was formerly known as the Georgia Good Agricultural Practices Food Safety Program, or GA GAPP, has been rebranded as Produce Food Safety Services to more clearly state the program’s mission and primary purpose....More
The Environmental Protection Agency in 2009 began to phase in new regulations for soil fumigant applications. Fumigant labels were introduced requiring stricter safety measures, including buffer zones around fields....More
Currently, more than 60,000 landowners representing 4 million acres are enrolled in U.S. conservation programs. The newly created USDA Regional Conservation Partnership Program looks to accelerate that amount in the coming years....More
Looking at the long-term market outlook all the way to 2022, grower prices for vegetables are forecast to increase by 0.7 annually on average from 2013 to 2022. The import value of U.S. vegetables is forecast to grow by 4.6 percent, whereas export value is projected to grow by 2.9 percent per year through 2022....More
It is extremely important to take precautionary measures to protect blueberries from ground pearl infestations because it is very difficult and takes long time to control ground pearls in perennial cropping systems such as blueberries....More
The 2015 Kentucky Fruit and Vegetable Conference and Trade Show will have something of interest for all fruit and vegetable producers. The event runs from 8 a.m. EST Jan. 5 until 5 p.m. Jan. 6 at Lexington’s Embassy Suites Hotel....More
Nationwide sales of organic products jumped to $35.1 billion in 2013, up 11.5 percent from the previous year and the fastest growth rate in five years, according to the Organic Trade Association....More
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....More