Crop Management

SCDA launches website to assist in Farm Aid applications

The South Carolina Department of Agriculture (SCDA) has launched a new tool on the SCDA website to help farmers who suffered crop loss due to last year’s flooding apply for South Carolina Farm Aid grants.... more »

Pathologist hits back against fire blight

Fire blight and apple scab are the two biggest disease problems for Michigan’s commercial apple orchards. Scab hits annually, with damage to fruit the main concern. Fire blight is more sporadic – but when it... more »

Blueberry production expected to surpass 1.4 billion lbs.

The blueberry industry is projecting a 25 percent increase in North American production over a four-year span, growing from 750.2 million lbs. in 2015 to 940 million lbs. in 2019. North American production for 2016... more »

Semios special offer provides free soil moisture monitoring

Semios, provider of real-time agricultural information for precision farming, now offers two years of free soil moisture monitoring for their customers to optimize irrigation efficiencies, improving crop quality and yield, the company said. Semios has... more »

DOT, FAA finalize rules for use of drones

Today, the Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration has finalized the first operational rules (PDF) for routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or “drones”), opening pathways towards fully integrating UAS into the nation’s airspace.... more »

Hearings scheduled for Required Ag Practices rules in Vermont

The Vermont Department of Agriculture has scheduled public hearings for a final draft of proposed Required Agricultural Practices rules. Public hearings on the proposed rules begin June 21 in St. Albans. Hearings are scheduled in Brandon,... more »

California delegation to visit climate-smart Israel

Israel is regarded as perhaps the most climate-smart agricultural region in the world. It has to be, with annual rainfall of about 17 inches (source: World Bank). By comparison, portions of the Sierra Nevada, the... more »

Study shows it’s possible to strengthen tree support system

Apple growers today want to produce large apples on small trees, with the trees packed as tightly as possible. Such a system can improve efficiency and yields, but has inherent structural problems. Heavy fruit loads,... more »

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