Crop Protection

Ensuring Food Safety Carries High Price Tag

If it wanted to, the leafy greens industry could zap away Escherichia coli O157:H7 with a quick dose of irradiation. The Herald more »

Deer Feeding Ban Hits Carrot, Apple Growers

Michigan's ban on feeding and baiting wild white-tailed deer came at a bad time for apple and carrot growers, as well as for those who grow corn and sugar beets specifically for deer feed. The... more »

UPI Requests Cancellation of EPA Registration for Maneb Fungicide

United Phosphorus Inc., supplier of post-patent crop protection technologies, has submitted to EPA a request to voluntarily cancel all Maneb registrations. Due to a variety of regulatory reasons, UPI will not be supporting the re-registration... more »

Mysterious New Tomato Virus Found

A new and unidentified virus has appeared in a number of processing tomato fields in Northern California. Daily Democrat more »

California Water Crisis Threatens its Fruit and Vegetables

Ron Jacobsma, general manager of the Friant Water Authority, called it a "double whammy" on California's water supply: A record drought that started last year and shows no sign of stopping, and a court-ordered reduction... more »

Proposed Bush budgetrevisions negate new Farm Bill provisions

Some provisions of the new Farm Bill that specialty crops producers had found so appealing will not be funded if proposed adjustments to the federal budget, recommended Aug. 1 by the Bush administration, are approved... more »

Washington Food Safety Fruit and Vegetable Audits Expanding Rapidly

After high-profile food-borne disease outbreaks and increasing concern among produce distributors, fresh fruit and vegetable farmers are seeking third-party verification of farm practices that reduce the risk of E.coli, listeria and other illnesses. Western Farmer-Stockman more »

Floods Caused Minimal Erosion in Wisconsin

The torrential rain and flooding that hit southern Wisconsin this summer, destroying tens of millions of dollars worth of farm crops, had at least one silver lining - soil erosion was not a major problem,... more »

New Chemical Registrations

Soil fumigant, fungicide and insecticide receive registrations. MIDAS Florida has granted commercial registration for Arysta LifeScience's MIDAS, a broad-spectrum soil fumigant that controls a broad range of soil-borne diseases, nematodes, weed seeds and insects that... more »

A Tomato by any Other Name? Experts Set Food Rules

Food safety experts agreed for the first time on the qualities defining a tomato, in a first step toward an international code on preventing fruit and vegetable contamination. Reuters more »

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