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New Seminis watermelon variety available

The Seminis Bottle Rocket watermelon variety is now available for U.S. growers to purchase; previously trialed under precommercial designation SV7112WA. This new product is a 36-count watermelon featuring a dark mottled stripe rind pattern with vigor... more


NAPAR develops website focused on food safety

The National Association of Perishable Agricultural Receivers (NAPAR) has created a new website, www.napar.org, focused on food safety. The website focuses on helping wholesalers-receivers deal with food safety issues, especially complying with t... more


Feed a Bee seeks proposals for pollinator forage initiative

Bayer, in coordination with the new Feed a Bee steering committee, is calling for proposals to establish additional forage for pollinators in all 50 states by 2018. Bayer’s Feed a Bee program, currently in its third year, has rallied more than 900,... more


Breeding companies to host California vegetable trials

What is a now a yearly tradition, vegetable breeding companies dealing in the fresh market and home garden segments are hosting the Summer Vegetable Trials via open houses and field days. This event is hosted by five breeders in seven locations Aug. ... more


Growers advised to check irrigation systems now

Exposed to weather and wildlife during the winter months, irrigation systems can incur a multitude of problems during the growing season if they are not addressed now, according to Wes Porter, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension irrigation sp... more


Extension specialist Andrew Wyenandt honored for service to ag

Rutgers Cooperative Extension specialist Andrew Wyenandt was one of two individuals who were honored with Distinguished Service to Agriculture Citations by the New Jersey State Board of Agriculture during the New Jersey State Agricultural Convention ... more


USDA gathering data on organic production

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is conducting the 2016 Certified Organic Survey to gather new data on certified organic crops and livestock commodities in the United States. NASS is mai... more


Time to scout spider mites in strawberries

Warm early spring weather, coupled with a mild winter, has set the stage for early pest activity in some crops. For strawberry growers, now is the time to start scouting for twospotted spider mites. Spider mites in strawberries can significantly impa... more


American Seed Trade Association launches new website

The American Seed Trade Association has launched a new public source of information on plant breeding innovation, www.seedinginnovation.org. The new website explores plant breeding innovation and gene editing. The micro-site is a multimedia platfo... more


Lessons from the green peach aphid

UK scientists, in collaboration with groups in Europe and the U.S., have discovered why the green peach aphid (Myzus persicae) is one of the most destructive pests to many of our most important crops. Their research will inform industry and research ... more



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