Growing Magazine - April, 2014


Look What's Growing!

USDA Announces Growth of U.S. Organic Industry

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced new figures that show the organic industry continues to grow domestically and globally, with over 25,000 certified organic operations in more than 120 different countries around the world.

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UF/IFAS Web Tool Measures Farms' Water Footprint

A new Web-based tool from the University of Florida worked well during its trial run to measure water consumption on farms in four Southern states, according to a study. The system measures the so-called "water footprint" of a farm. Water footprints account for the amount of water used to grow or create almost everything we eat, drink, wear or otherwise use.

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Research Reveals True Value of Cover Crops

Planting cover crops in rotation between cash crops - widely agreed to be ecologically beneficial - is even more valuable than previously thought, according to a team of agronomists, entomologists, agroecologists, horticulturists and biogeochemists from Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.

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Keeping Birds Out of the Berry Crop

According to Bill Braswell, president of the Florida Blueberry Growers Association, birds are the biggest problem facing his growers, with bird damage so bad the birds eat most or all of the profits for some growers. He has found repellent sprays, fogging and netting to be helpful, but the high cost and additional labor needed offset most of the benefits.

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