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Smartphone test detects late blight

New technology developed by North Carolina State University researchers could allow farmers to cost-effectively test for plant diseases — such as late blight — right in the field using only a smartphone and a small... more »

California looking for a few good IPM solutions

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) recently announced it's taking grant applications for its Biologically Integrated Farming Systems (BIFS) and Proactive Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Solutions programs administered by the Office of Pesticide... more »

Processing tomato production forecast down

The USDA forecasts California’s processing tomato production to be below last year’s. The USDA’s contracted production for California processing tomatoes is forecast at 11.5 million tons, averaging 49.8 tons per acre, according to a press... more »

Organic Soil Management training module introduced for growers

The Organic Farming Research Foundation (OFRF) has introduced the first learning module, Organic Soil Health Management, in its free online training program for beginning farmers, existing organic farmers, and farmers in transition to organic production. The content... more »

Cornell’s Michael Rosato studies soil’s sulfur content

Michael Rosato is a graduate student studying under the guidance of Steve Reiners, professor and chair of the horticulture section of the School of Integrative Plant Science. What drew you to the program with Steve Reiners?... more »

Jerry Mills: Remembering the Dust Bowl climate of the 1930s

July hot temperatures helped grain crops to catch up. It is too soon to judge the fruit. We have had peaches that look ripe for two weeks, but remain hard, waiting for the calendar, I... more »

Morgan Composting thrives in soil health market

A growing compost business in Michigan sees its role as helping farmers grow more high-value fruit and vegetable crops. Morgan Composting’s headquarters sits on top of a hill in remote Sears, Michigan, where the family... more »

Midwest Veg Guide to be offered in digital format

The 2020 Midwest Vegetable Production Guide for Commercial Growers will have an updated online component this year, and is slated for release in December 2019. Currently, the guide can be viewed online at www.mwveguide.org as... more »


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