Equipment

Could robots replace honeybees as pollinators?

The world’s honeybee population is in a steep decline that science has, so far, been unable to reverse. Some scientists are working on solutions to the culprits — diseases, pests, bee forage avail... more

Irrigation evolves from cumbersome sprinkler applications

Irrigation of vegetable crops has a history driven by the reality that water is a finite resource. Emphasis on having the proper amount of water continues to increase.

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Farm management program earns $2.4 million grant, seeks participants

The USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture recently announced a $2.4 million grant through its Agriculture and Food Research Initiative to fu... more »

LGMA hand washing app now available for Android

The California Leafy Green Products Handler Marketing Agreement's (LGMA) hand washing app is now available for download on Android phones. The Hand... more »

LED treatments enhance lettuce phtyochemicals

Researchers in China and United Kingdom studied the effects of LED light combinations on lettuce grown in hydroponic systems to determine whether the ... more »

Measures treat municipal water in processing plants

It’s no secret that water is a must for produce processing plants. Whether the source is rural or municipal, the water must be filtered and tested t... more »

USDA Agricultural Marketing Service updates user fees

The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has published 2016 rates it will charge for voluntary grading, inspection, certification, auditing an... more »

Cornell begins production at solar farm

Cornell University’s new Sutton Road Solar Farm, a 2-megawatt energy facility that will offset nearly 40 percent of the annual electricity demand at... more »

Naio Technologies expands agricultural robots to global market

French agribot start-up Naïo Technologies is launching an international market expansion for its line of weeding robots for market gardening, industr... more »

Digi unveils wireless temperature tracking

Digi International has introduced Digi Honeycomb, a service that continuously and wirelessly monitors the temperature of perishable goods. The monit... more »

Use pH meter when checking soil acidity

Decreasing soil pH, also called soil acidification, is a growing concern in eastern Washington and northern Idaho. Researchers and farmers have found ... more »

Stawberry

UC Davis faces lawsuit over strawberry breeding technology

Two scientists have filed a lawsuit against the University of California, Davis (UC Davis). California Berry Cultivars, a company co-founded by for... more »


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