Crop Management

Farmers’ Almanac forecasts tough winter

There should be plenty of chill hours in store for apple growers, if long-range forecasts in the 2019 Farmers' Almanac are any guide. "Teeth-chattering," "biting," and "stinging" cold are a few of the adjectives the... more »

Reducing pests, increasing production, quality of blackberries

Primocane blackberries, which can extend the fruiting season by months over traditional plant varieties, are changing the way farmers are growing berries. But they don’t come without their pest and production challenges, which University of... more »

Environmentally friendly uses pursued by one-third of farms

Nearly one-third of the world’s farms have adopted more environmentally friendly practices while continuing to be productive, according to a global assessment by 17 scientists in five countries. The researchers analyzed farms that use some... more »

CDFA schedules fertilizer conference

The California Department of Food and Agriculture’s (CDFA) Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) and the Western Plant Health Association (WPHA) will host their 26th annual fertilizer research conference at the Embassy Suites Hotel in... more »

MDARD announces fertilizer research grant opportunities

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) is offering competitive grants aimed at helping farmers and growers to optimize nutrient use, ensure soil fertility, and address environmental concerns regarding fertilizer use. The Fertilizer... more »

BASF closes acquisition of businesses and assets from Bayer

BASF has closed the acquisition of a range of businesses and assets from Bayer. The transaction is a strategic complement to BASF’s crop protection, biotech and digital farming activities and marks its entry into seeds,... more »

USDA: Jan. 1 honeybee colonies down slightly

According to data released Aug. 1, 2018, by the National Agricultural Statistics Service  (NASS), Agricultural Statistics Board, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), honeybee colonies for operations with five or more colonies in the United States on Jan.... more »

2018 apple harvest in Eastern states: Where are we now?

Apple bloom in 2018 was later than bloom in 2017. With a later bloom and a cool rainy season, we’re all wondering when this year's apple crop will be ready to pick. Rainy weather has... more »


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