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11/20/2014 - Spectrum Technologies Launches SpecConnect Wireless Web Portal Cloud Solution

Spectrum Technologies had introduced SpecConnect, an advancedweb portal cloud solution for crop environmental monitoring using wireless sensor networks. It's the latest cloud-based software to monitor and capture weather and soil moisture data across various microclimates anytime - anywhere. SpecConnect can be pre-configured or 100% customized to a user's preference using the web portal or native...


11/19/2014 - Valley develops technology integrating irrigation data into farm management systems

Valley Irrigation has introduced the Irrigation Exchange, a technology that provides for the transfer of precision data to other agriculture companies from BaseStation3, the new Valley remote irrigation management product. "Valley is working with major original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) of agriculture equipment, seed and fertilizer companies, and leading agronomy service companies to design...


11/19/2014 - Georgia's The Peach State? How About Blueberry

Michael Freeze
The state of Georgia might want to rethink its notable nickname. According to a story in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the North American Blueberry Council announced that the Peach State produced 96 million pounds of blueberries in 2014 making Georgia tops in the nation. The Peach State finished first ahead of Michigan which produced more than 91 million pounds of blueberries this year. There...


11/19/2014 - UF, N.C, A&T Forge Ahead with Organic Strawberry Research

While the focus of the 2013-2014 work was broad and exploratory, a key component of this year's research will be to test the best aspects of the organic strawberry production system under farm conditions and with grower management. Growers at three farms in North Central Florida are assessing two cover crops and three commercial strawberry cultivars that performed well in last year's Phase I trials....


11/19/2014 - California Department of Food and Agriculture Offers Grant Funding to Specialty Crop Growers

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) released its 2015 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program (SCBGP) information. The purpose of this grant is to fund projects that solely enhance the competitiveness of California specialty crops. In one of the funding categories, CDFA will consider projects that expand stewardship practices and natural resource conservation while developing...


11/18/2014 - Syngenta to introduce first HPPD herbicide for fruit and nut trees

Syngenta introduced a new herbicide to aid in resistance management, which will be marketed as Broadworks herbicide upon registration. The active ingredient (a.i.), mesotrione, will be the first HPPD-inhibitor for tree nuts, stone fruit and citrus. Broadworks aids in herbicide resistance management by controlling weeds that are resistant to other modes of action, such as glyphosate-resistant marestail...


11/18/2014 - Cover Crop Report Documents Yield Boost, Soil Benefits and Ag Retailer Roles

For the second year in a row, a national survey of farmers has documented a yield boost from the use of cover crops in corn and soybeans, as well as a wide variety of other benefits. The survey-which was funded by the North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Extension (SARE) program and carried out by the Conservation Technology Information Center (CTIC)-also details the challenges...


11/17/2014 - Georgia State to Jointly Headquarter New USDA Research Center for U.S. Agri-Environmental Policy

Professors Paul Ferraro of Georgia State University and Kent Messer of the University of Delaware will head the newly created Center for Behavioral and Experimental Agri-Environmental Policy Research (CBEAR), supported with a $750,000 award from the Economic Research Service of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). CBEAR-affiliated faculty will use behavioral and experimental economics...


11/14/2014 - New Technology Offers Promise to Alleviate Drought Stricken Crops & Fights Climate Change

AG Gas Company is in the developing plans for a technology that can help farmers save drought stricken crops, while combating climate change. The technology uses tiny levels of recycled carbon dioxide gas to greatly bolster crop yields. The stomata openings on plants' leaves, the conduit responsible for crops' water losses, close and restrict when exposed to the carbon dioxide. The crops' water-use-efficiency...


What Is Really Killing Our Bees? - The multiple effects of crop chemicals -- herbicides, pesticides and fungicides -- rema...

11/12/2014 - What Is Really Killing Our Bees?

David Weinstock
The multiple effects of crop chemicals -- herbicides, pesticides and fungicides -- remain one of the most visible and, coincidentally, one of the least researched facets of the worldwide decline of honeybee populations. There are other factors involved as well. World governments and orchard and grove owners are concerned about the fate of bees because of forage losses, diseases and transport...


Let's Thank Our Veterans and the Organizations That Help Them - As a teenager, I did what most kids my age would do: hang ...

11/11/2014 - Let's Thank Our Veterans and the Organizations That Help Them

Michael Freeze, Editor-in-Chief
As a teenager, I did what most kids my age would do: hang out with friends and constantly search for a good time. Looking ahead in life wasn't much of a concern for me. After a series of dead-end jobs and living with my parents, it didn't take long for me to realize that if I didn't choose my future, my future would soon choose me. My older brothers had joined the armed services - one in the Army,...


11/7/2014 - CENTS 2015 Welcomes A-List Faculty

In the world of horticulture and business, those who do also teach. CENTS Marketplace & University opens with pre-con sessions January 6 and continues January 7-9 with a trade show and three-day education program that includes: educators, authors, industry leaders and business professionals to provide attendees a world-class educational experience. "We are delighted to host such...


11/7/2014 - Developing Technology to Help Drought-Stricken Crops

AG Gas Company is developing promising technology that can help farmers save drought stricken crops, while fighting climate change at the same time. The technology uses tiny levels of recycled CO2 gas (less than you might experience in your office or inside your car) to bolster crop yields. Ironically, the tiny stomata openings on plants' leaves, the conduit responsible for crops' water losses, close/restrict...


11/7/2014 - USDA Announces Measures to Help Farmers Diversify Weed Control Efforts

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced several steps that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is taking to address the increase of herbicide-resistant weeds in U.S. agricultural systems. "Weed control in major crops is almost entirely accomplished with herbicides today," said Vilsack. "USDA, working in collaboration with the Environmental Protection Agency, must continue...


11/6/2014 - Veggie Pails Delivers Fresh Veggies in Oakland County

Melissa Tabalno and Nicole Converse spent a lot of time in Alaska in recent years, working in the fishing industry. The partners are back home in Detroit now after getting their new business, Veggie Pails, off the ground. The Highland, Michigan-based business delivers buckets (or pails) of fresh fruits, vegetables and other locally produced foods to customers across Oakland County. "This...


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