Keep an eye on angular leaf spot in strawberries

Angular leaf spot (also called bacterial blight) is the only reported strawberry disease caused by a bacterium, namely Xanthomonas fragariae. Economic damage is mainly due to blackening of berry stem caps that mars the appearance... more »

Maryland family celebrates 50 years for farm market

Nestled in the rolling hills of the Catoctin Mountains in Thurmont, Md. is the Black family farm, Catoctin Mountain Orchards. The Blacks grow fruits and vegetables, have a farm market and bakery, build a pumpkin... more »

Drenched California bids adieu to drought, for now

From snowy mountains to flooded highways, it's clear California's three-year drought is over. What's not certain is whether the state will use the breathing room to fix a broken water system. ReutersTo read more, click... more »

Florida blueberry pioneer still planting away

For Alto Straughn, owner of Straughn Farms in Waldo, Fla., farming is much more than a business: It’s his life’s work. Not only has he been personally involved in agriculture for almost 40 years, his... more »

Get farm marketing tips from jolly old England

Do you feel you’ve run out of new ideas for your farm market? Have you been a regular on the U.S. and Canadian farm market bus tours, and in some ways feel like you aren’t... more »

Apple promotion needed in international markets

Domestic per capita consumption of apples has been declining by about 1 percent annually for the past 20 years, said Desmond O’Rourke. Despite the domestic decline in consumption, O’Rourke sees tremendous opportunities for domestic growers... more »

Cane management in raspberries, blackberries

Pruning affects plant growth rate, fruit quantity and size, sugars, disease susceptibility, ease of harvest, and spraying efficiency. Brambles respond significantly to pruning and cane management, but these practices can be the most expensive and... more »

Farmers learn social media to reach out to consumers

It wasn't discussions of sustainability, irrigation techniques or cattle breeds that had dozens of farmers busily scribbling notes in Davis on Saturday. The Sacramento BeeTo read more, click here. more »

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