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Lyra offers 3-in-1 nutrient management and biostimulant for specialty crops

Cary, North Carolina-based Verdesian Life Sciences has introduced Lyra, a premium nutrient management tool for fertigated specialty crops. According to a news release, Lyra offers a patent-pending combination of Verdesian’s co-polymer technology for season long... more »

Harvanta, Verdepryn insecticides now registered for use in California

Summit Agro USA has announced that the California Department of Pesticide Regulation has recently granted registration approval for two insecticides containing the active ingredient cyclapryn. These ground-breaking insecticides are Harvanta and Verdepryn. These IRAC 28... more »

USDA proposes revising US standards for watermelon

USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service is proposing to revise the U.S. Standards for Watermelon to provide a common language for trade. In October 2019, the National Watermelon Association (NWA), a trade association representing growers, retailers, and shippers... more »

Watermelon board announces first female board president

National Watermelon Promotion Board held its biannual board meeting virtually on March 6 during which board member Jordan Carter was elected president by her peers becoming the first woman to serve in this position. Prior... more »

California cantaloupe farmers begin vaccinations for essential workforce

Essential workers employed by California cantaloupe growers are among some of the first front-line food workers to receive COVID vaccines in the state which grows the vast majority of our nation’s fruits and vegetables. “We’re... more »

Black History Month: ARS scientist heads top entomology group

There was no denying it; the kid liked bugs. But who could have known then that he would preside over the world’s largest organization devoted to the science of entomology? Growing up in rural New... more »

USDA names National Watermelon Promotion Board appointments

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced the appointment of nine members to serve on the National Watermelon Promotion Board. Appointees will serve three-year terms from Jan. 1, 2021, to Dec. 31, 2023. Members newly... more »

Georgia explores options for reducing soilborne pathogens

Georgia growers can grow watermelons without methyl bromide fumigation – they just need several other tools to pick up the slack. That’s the message University of Georgia Assistant Professor Abolfazl Hajihassani had in a paper... more »

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