Water

Drought forcing California to find water alternatives

From using reclaimed water to a computerized canal delivery system, water managers are being pushed by California's four-year drought to look at innovative ways to stretch meager supplies.A.G. Kawamura, a partner in the family owned... more »

High-flying drones are helping agriculture soar

Drones are certainly a topic of interest these days. Amazon is exploring the use of drones to make deliveries. Photos are obtained that would otherwise seem isolated and remote. The management of use and privacy... more »

Zing! registered for use against potato late blight, early blight

Zing!, a mixture of zoxamide and chlorothalonil, has been registered for use against potato late blight and early blight. Growers may use 32-34 fluid ounces per acre applied on a preventative schedule. Applications may begin... more »

Start off irrigation season with system inspections and repairs

As planting nears the end crop producers need to start preparing for irrigation season. If you ignore irrigation equipment until the first really hot dry day you often end up cutting corners and taking risks... more »

Farming like you expect bacterial diseases

One consistent theme over the past several years has been the specter of dealing with bacterial diseases in our tomato fields and high tunnels. Bacterial speck, spot and canker have become regular challenges for Pennsylvania... more »

Farmers agree to water cuts in California

The Western drought is proving to be the most dangerous in recent history. Farmers in California — and other areas along the West Coast — are doing all they can to cut back.According to The... more »

NRCS to invest $21 million in drought-stricken areas

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will invest approximately $21 million in additional Farm Bill dollars to help farmers and ranchers apply science-based solutions to mitigate the short and... more »

Plan ahead for fertigation

Fertigation is the process of adding fertilizer to irrigation water. Commonly 28 percent nitrogen injected into irrigation water in-place of, or addition to side dress nitrogen applications. Fertigation allows application of nitrogen closest to the... more »

Lack of labor puts Michigan asparagus harvest on hold

Michigan asparagus is ready to be harvested, but a lack of labor is putting things on hold.And this isn't a new issue. Here's more from WZZM13, a television station based out of Grand Rapids, Michigan:Asparagus... more »

Maintain quality during postharvest handling

Successful marketing of fresh fruits and vegetables depends on maintaining the quality through harvest and beyond.Marita Cantwell, postharvest specialist at the University of California, Davis, said in a presentation at the Mid-Atlantic Fruit & Vegetable... more »


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