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What’s the best method to scare birds from sweet corn?

Scaring birds out of sweet corn and other crops is not new, based on the centuries-old placement of scarecrows dressed in old clothes (oftentimes filled with straw) in fields. However, there are many newer methods... more »

Rutgers Extension gets USDA-NIFA funding to promote vaccine education

There is significant concern among farmworkers and farmers about on-farm transfer of the COVID-19 virus. The ability to connect with vaccine providers has proven difficult for those language and technology/internet barriers, and those without established... more »

Proper steps identified to control pumpkin disease

I was recently asked about disease control programs for pumpkins. The following was modified from an article by Kate Everts in 2019 that I have added updated fungicide recommendations and additional information about certain diseases.... more »

June 23 is date set for Rodale Institute’s Organic Field Day in Pennsylvania

Rodale Institute, a supporter of regenerative organic agriculture, is set to hold its annual Organic Field Day on July 23 from 8:30 a.m.to 3:30 p.m. The Field Day is located at Rodale Institute’s 333-acre experimental... more »

With no clear improvement, beekeepers report high colony loss rates

Beekeepers across the United States lost 45.5% of their managed honeybee colonies from April 2020 to April 2021, according to preliminary results of the 15th annual nationwide survey conducted by the nonprofit Bee Informed Partnership.... more »

AeroFarms expands leafy greens product assortment

Newark, New Jersey-based AeroFarms, a Certified B Corp and leader in indoor vertical farming, announced July 8 that it is expanding its line of leafy greens to include five new items: Baby Bok Choy-The New Spinach, Micro... more »

Measuring soil moisture levels for research project uses drones

Three Virginia Tech seniors researched how drones could identify soil moisture for a class project in School of Plant and Environmental Sciences Professor Kang Xia’s Monitoring and Analysis of the Environment course. Matt Darrah, Grady... more »

Pennsylvania vegetable disease update includes downy mildew sighting

Downy mildew was confirmed June 29 on cucumber in a commercial field in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. The field was likely infected around the same time as the reports last week in New Jersey and Maryland... more »

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Midwest Weed Tech: Weed-fighting strategies, equipment have field day

ASTA helps sow the future of seed technology

Annual VGN Seed Showcase

Small organic growers give input on ag tech

UF studying horizontal tomatoes, disease resistance

Cal Poly strawberry research: Can robots kill pests?

Florida Tomato Institute grapples with pests

Onion thrips, disease management strategies

Inflation pressure creates pricing conundrum

Yara’s incubator farms focus on soil health

Too hot for old men to be working in the grove

H-2A program in need of repair

 

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