Crop Protection

Non-browning apples seek U.S. access

To Herb Aldwinckle, the development of the non-browning, genetically engineered Arctic Apple is welcome. “I really think the fact that many apple varieties turn brown when you slice them is a big drawback,” said Aldwinckle,... more »

NCSU develops hand-washing prototype for field

North Carolina State University has developed two portable hand-washing station prototypes that can be customized by growers looking to provide quality hand-washing facilities in their fields and at their market stalls. According to a university... more »

Don’t over-nitrate your apples

Have you had a problem with apples not turning the right color, or issues with spoilage while the apples are in storage? There is a good chance you’re over-nitrating your fruit, said Esmaeil Fallahi, a... more »

Growers get one more year of Guthion

Federal regulators will allow fruit growers to use the insecticide Guthion for an additional year.EPA said Thursday the extension is due to higher-than-normal stocks of the organophosphate chemical in grower hands because of crop losses... more »

So what do fruit growers do in a slow year?

East of the Mississippi, tree fruit farmers agree: This year’s a tough one. Whether or not you believe in global warming or climate change or Russian roulette, the fact is a super-warm March plus a... more »

Cornell breeder releases two new raspberries

Cornell University recently released two new raspberry varieties, Crimson Night and Double Gold. Crimson Night was selected in 2003 for its “heavy crop load, firm fruit, good flavor and shiny fruit,” said Courtney Weber, small... more »

Michigan ag department head switching role

Gov. Rick Snyder looked within his own cabinet to fill an upcoming vacancy at the helm of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR).The governor on Monday, June, 25, appointed Keith Creagh - a veteran... more »

Senate farm bill includes food safety study for specialty crop growers

California fruit and vegetable growers might get a chance to insure themselves against a future food safety scare, under an evolving Senate farm bill poised for passage late Wednesday or sometime today.Feeling burned by past... more »


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