Melons

Wisconsin Farm Market Weathers Ups and Downs

2006 and 2007 were a tough couple of years for Wisconsin Territories Farm Market, but owner Kate Zdroik is ready to bounce back and is optimistic about the upcoming season. Her husband and co-owner, Mark... more »

More Farms, Fewer Acres Among U.S. Ag Trends

According to the 2007 Census of Agriculture, the number of farms in the United States grew 4 percent from 2002 to 2007, while the number of acres declined. The 2007 Census counted 2,204,792 farms in... more »

Who’s No. 2?

When it comes to agricultural diversity, most people seem to agree that California is the No. 1 state in the nation. What they can't seem to agree on is the No. 2 state. Apparently, there... more »

California Farmers Idle Crops, Veggie Prices may Rise

Consumers may pay more for spring lettuce and summer melons in grocery stores across the country now that California farmers have started abandoning their fields in response to a crippling drought. MercuryNews.com more »

Producers Pay More as Growing Gets More Expensive

Despite the skyrocketing cost of inputs and a national economy that seems to get gloomier and gloomier with each passing day, Tim Boals has never seen more opportunity in agriculture. Sure, the emerging credit crisis... more »

Shifting Acreage, Consumer Demand Shape Seed Industry

Consumer-oriented traits like taste, size, shape, texture and color have been reshaping the vegetable seed industry for years, but recent shifts in acreage toward local markets or commodity crops have been at least as influential,... more »

Luna Circle Farm Keeps its Owner Busy

On the road toward a master's degree in accounting, Tricia Bross took a detour and arrived at a somewhat different destination. Now a grower and marketer of organic vegetables and herbs from her small Wisconsin... 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 »

Gene for Sexual Switching in Melons Provides Clues to Evolution of Sex

A newly discovered function for a hormone in melons suggests it plays a role in how sexual systems evolve in plants. ScienceDaily more »

COOL Rules are not Expected to be a Burden on Growers

By all indications, Country Of Origin Labeling (COOL) rules covering produce will go into effect Sept. 30 – but there's no need to panic, especially if you're a grower. "I don't expect this to be... more »

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