Vegetables

Keep on Trucking: Growers aim to navigate driver shortage, new regulations

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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Chlorpyrifos pesticide ban ordered by appeals court

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.

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Naturipe Farms embraces blockchain tech

Naturipe Farms recently announced it was working with data management firm SAP on a blockchain project to increase food safety and reduce food waste. ... more »

Peel-and-reseal packaging new adopted by Misionero

Misionero, a leading grower and packer of organic leafy greens, recently announced it would transition its Earth Greens product line to the innovative... more »

Dealing with sulfur deficiency in sweet corn

For the last couple of years, I have talked about and conducted research on sulfur (S) deficiencies in watermelon. At several meetings I was ask... more »

Canadian researchers seek disease-resistant greenhouse vegetables

The Canadian government on Thursday announced funding to support genetic researchers including a University of Toronto project seeking disease-resist... more »

New non-profit, the Seed Science Foundation, launched

The American Seed Research Foundation (ASRF) and the National Council of Commercial Plant Breeders (NCCPB) voted at their joint 2018 Annual Meeting to... more »

NAFTA seasonality reforms a hope for Florida, Georgia

Increased protection from seasonal Mexican imports remains a hope for growers in Florida and Georgia. In an Aug. 8 open letter of support to U.S. T... more »

Potato late blight confirmed in Michigan’s Monroe County

Potato late blight has been reported in Michigan’s Monroe County.Late blight was confirmed by Michigan State University Diagnostic Services, a... more »

Keep on Trucking: Growers aim to navigate driver shortage, new regulations

A nationwide shortage of truck drivers and shifting federal rules add obstacles to the task of shipping fresh plants and product. Difficulty hiring... more »

Alan R. Sams to lead OSU ag college, experiment station

Alan R. Sams has been hired as the Reub Long Dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences at Oregon State University. Sams has helped expand promin... more »

Chlorpyrifos pesticide ban ordered by appeals court

An EPA ban of the broad-spectrum pesticide chlorpyrifos – an action that will rock the agriculture industry – has been ordered by U.S. Ninth Circu... more »


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