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Vineyard cover crops save expense, environment

Cornell University researchers have advice for vineyard managers in cool and humid climates like the Northeast: cover up. Maintaining bare soil beneath vines has long been accepted management practice to stifle competition from other vegetation, p... more


Scientists gather, share updates on spread of stink bugs

The Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Working Group Meeting was organized as a conference with presentations—however, as a working group, scientists frequently conversed and discussed topics during and after updates. Below, we give highlights and summarie... more


Members of the first place team in the Apps for Ag hackathon, GivingGarden, (from left) Scott Kirkland, Josh Livni, Deema Tamimi and John Knoll. Photo: UC ANR

Produce-sharing app wins Apps for Ag hackathon

A gardening and produce-sharing app took top prize in the Apps for Ag hackathon, after contestants pitched judges at the California State Fair in Sacramento on July 17. The first place team, GivingGarden, took home $7,500 in prize money, custom rodeo... more


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New UAS regulations expand drone use for agriculture

On June 21, the Federal Aviation Administration released the much anticipated new Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) or drone regulations, also referred to as Part 107. These rules go in effect Aug. 29, and cover a broad spectrum of commercial uses for dr... more


SWD egg laying affected by extreme drought, heat

The earliest ever arrival in New York State of this fast-reproducing insect rang alarm bells in anticipation of heavy infestations in early or mid-season berry crops that often escape damage. However, larval infestations have been curiously low in su... more


Colorado conference set for Feb. 21

The Colorado Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association (CFVGA) will host its third annual conference on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017. The full-day conference will build on last year's event, which was attended by more than 300 people, including 20 produce b... more


Farmers markets are one form of direct marketing. Photo: Karin Higgins/UC Davis

Direct-marketing farms have double the regional impact

Sacramento-area farmers and ranchers who sell their products directly to consumers generate twice as much regional economic impact per dollar of output as do area food producers who don’t engage in direct marketing, reports a UC Davis agricultural ... more


Bayer ‘disappointed’ by Monsanto rejection

Bayer is disappointed in Monsanto’s decision to reject its increased all-cash offer of $125 per share, the company said in a statement. The offer represents a 40 percent premium over Monsanto’s closing share price on May 9, according to Bayer. ... more


Farmobile expands data store

Farmobile, a farm data company, has expanded its Minnesota Data Store. Beginning in this year’s harvest season, any Minnesota farmer who automatically collects their Electronic Field Record (EFR) harvest data via a Farmobile PUC (passive uplink c... more


Monsanto rejects second Bayer proposal

Monsanto has rejected a revised $65 billion acquisition proposal from Bayer AG. Monsanto’s board of directors viewed the revised proposal as financially inadequate and insufficient to ensure deal certainty, according to the company. The all-c... more



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