August 2010

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LITTLE RIVER – Farmers in Bell County are struggling to deal with an unusually large amount of a toxin that is infecting their corn crops and cutting into their wallets. It’s called aflatoxin, and the heat wave that hit Central Texas this month caused excessive amounts of it to pop up in corn. It comes [...]

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Post image for New bee discovered by York researcher triggers buzz

Image of the new bee species, lasioglossum ephialtum, discovered in Toronto by York University researcher Jason Gibbs. A new species of bee has been discovered and identified in downtown Toronto by a York University researcher, known to some as the “bee guru.” Jason Gibbs, a 30-year-old biologist, has identified 19 new species of sweat bees [...]

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Horticulture New Zealand (HortNZ) said Horizon’s release of the One Plan is big news for Horizons’ growers. Chief executive Peter Silcock said the hearing commissioners have taken the red pen to the Proposed One Plan and it is a very different document from when it started life. HortNZ’s newsletter said the decision has been important [...]

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Post image for Stinkbugs are coming to a home near you

Maddening, creepy, ugly. Those are the nicer words people use to describe the growing numbers of stinkbugs that have munched their way across many fields and orchards of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Now the shield-shaped pest, known for emitting a pungent odor when disturbed, is ready to bed down for the winter – in the [...]

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Post image for Riverland grape growers urged to avoid ‘trap’ of wine contracts

Riverland wine grape growers in South Australia are being urged to reconsider signing contracts for their grapes this year. Many growers are without contracts following a number of wine companies folding, and not renewing contracts last vintage. But Riverland Wine Grape Growers Association chief executive Chris Byrne says growers will have more bargaining power without [...]

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Post image for Calif. rare fruit growers meet to swap seeds, tips

POMONA, Calif. — Members of the California Rare Fruit Growers meet each summer to share seeds, cuttings and knowledge about exotic fruit and rare varieties of more common fare, such as apples and oranges. The organization founded in 1968 encourages gardeners and hobby farmers to plant unusual fruit, and members search the globe for new [...]

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Post image for Temecula wine growers ready to celebrate California Wine Month

The month of September is California Wine Month, and Temecula is ready to celebrate. Proclaimed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger for the sixth consecutive year, California Wine Month celebrates the Golden State’s wineries, grape growers and regional associations. “California has long been known for our production of superior, award-winning wines,” Schwarzenegger said in his proclamation. “The [...]

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By Jere White, Executive Director Kansas Corn Growers Association and Kansas Grain Sorghum Producers Association Monday, August 30, 2010—Some folks will burn the midnight oil trying to write written responses to EPA’s charge questions for the agency’s September atrazine science advisory panel. The questions were released Friday and comments are due Tuesday. We have to [...]

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Post image for Monterey Bay Dahlia Growers’ show planned for Labor Day weekend

Dahlia growers throughout Northern California will take the cream of their crops to Soquel in a week for the annual Monterey Bay Dahlia Society show. The admission-free event, planned for Sept. 3-4 inside the Soquel High auditorium, will showcase blooms and bouquets that won titles for 2010. The growers will be on hand to answer [...]

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HARVEST time is here and gardeners across the city are proudly picking their produce. But some growers have a gargantuan goal. On the eve of the UK’s giant vegetable competition, Environment Reporter Mary Griffin finds out how to crop a whopper. ——————— THIS weekend Britain’s biggest gardeners will gather for a fruit and veg extravaganza [...]

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DAN MULLINS IFAS Extension Agent Santa Rosa County The loss of many of our honeybees due to Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) begs the question:  How are our crops and native plants being pollinated?  As the maturity of one-third of our food crop species requires movement of pollen by insects or other creatures, this is an [...]

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Post image for Russian Drought Wipes Out Grain on 27% of Planting Area; Farm Losses Mount

Russia said grain crops were ruined over 27 percent of the planting area this year as the country suffered its worst drought in at least half a century. Drought wiped out crops across at least 12 million hectares (30 million acres), a spokeswoman for the Agriculture Ministry said today by telephone, declining to be identified [...]

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Post image for Drought Drives Decade-Long Decline in Plant Growth

Earth has done an ecological about-face: Global plant productivity that once flourished under warming temperatures and a lengthened growing season is now on the decline, struck by the stress of drought. NASA-funded researchers Maosheng Zhao and Steven Running, of the University of Montana in Missoula, discovered the global shift during an analysis of NASA satellite [...]

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CONSERVATIONISTS hope to arrest the decline of Gwent’s traditional orchards through a project to encourage the planting of new ones, and support the management of those remaining. Gwent Wildlife Trust’s ambitious two-year project aims to map existing orchards, develop a network of owners and fruit buyers, and help schools, community groups and individuals create and [...]

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