A nationwide shortage of truck drivers and shifting federal rules add obstacles to the task of shipping fresh plants and product.
Difficulty hiring and retaining drivers, federally-mandated electronic logging devices and hours of service in the trucking industry are likely to increase shipping costs and affect availability.
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The ban will take away a tool that many growers are still using, and its manufacturer says that additional legal recourse is being considered.
But others in the industry say the action was overdue and there are softer chemicals and biological controls lined up to take chlorpyrifos’s place as a bug-killer.
Great American Media Services’ Agriculture Group has been named a finalist in five categories of the 2018 Folio Magazine Eddie and Ozzie Awards. Vegetable Growers News is a finalist in the B2B Full Issue Category with two entries: the January 2018 issue and the February 2018 issue.
Specialty crop industry leaders see a future in new gene editing techniques, despite an unfavorable European Union high court ruling.
The Court Justice of the European Union (ECJ) ruled in July that both mutagenesis and transgenesis produce genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
“There is a big difference, as far as diseases and their causes, in what you see outside in the field and what you see inside the greenhouse.”
Outside, the challenges are rain-splashed diseases like septoria and bacterial spot. In greenhouses, it’s diseases that prefer high humidity.
Sakata prepares for annual California Field Days