Production Stories
The Pitzer Wheel, named after co-founder and inventor Bob Pitzer, is an autonomous and continuous picking wheel on an automated strawberry picker that is being developed by Harvest CROO.
Berries
July 12, 2016
Automated Strawberry Picker: One Step Closer To Reality
Company receives U.S. Patent approval for continuous picking wheel on the machine. Read More
Prepping apples for cleaning, waxing, and sorting.
Fruits
July 11, 2016
‘Next Generation’ Of 1-MCP Postharvest Technology Gets EPA Approval
Decco/ESSENTIV’s TruPick is to be used on apples, pears, and other fruits and vegetables. Read More
Yara Water Solution system installation in a Florida citrus grove
Citrus
July 8, 2016
Yara Seeking To Make Splash With New Water-Saving Tool
Unique plant-based sensor technology is being tested in California and Florida citrus groves. Read More
(Photo credit: Emily May, Xerces Society)
Fruits
July 7, 2016
New Video Highlights Benefits Of Planting Flowers For Bees
It’s becoming clear that one effective method is to plant wildflowers at field edges. Read More
Blossom end rot on tomatoes is an example of one common abiotic issue that is caused by a combination of a nutrient disorder and environmental factors. Photo courtesy of the University of California Cooperative Extension.
Crop Protection
July 6, 2016
Abiotic Issues Affect Vegetable Production And Quality
Although most issues you face are biotic, abiotic issues can greatly impact vegetable crop yield and quality. Read More
4.	Dan Cantliffe, Extension educator at the University of Florida, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, explains there are many crops that perform well in high tunnels in Florida, including cucumbers, squash, melons, sweet onions, and strawberries. Photo credit: Dan Cantliffe.
Crop Protection
July 6, 2016
Crop Production High Tunnel iBook Now Available
The book is designed to help growers who are beginning high tunnel production. Read More
Jim Paarlberg of Paarlberg Farms points out how the Odenberg double sorters on his Pik Rite tomato harvester feature electronic fingers that can 
accept or reject tomatoes.  
Photo credit: Gabrielle Paarlberg
Equipment
July 6, 2016
Options In Harvest Mechanization For Vegetable Growers
Depending on your goals, labor-saving devices are available to just about any grower, big or small. Two growers and an equipment manufacturer discuss the kinds of things you can do — and what it will mean for your production. Read More
(Photo credit: USDA NCRS)
Citrus
July 5, 2016
Citrus, Pistachio Researchers Named First UC Endowed Chairs
Extension advisors named University of California Cooperative Extension Presidential Chairs to study pistachio production systems. Read More
Photo credit: USDA
Fruits
July 2, 2016
Gantec’s Virtue 43 Receives Organic Certification
Adjuvant can be used in organic fruit and vegetable production. Read More
Varroa mites, like the one attached to the back of this honey bee, can decimate unprotected hives. The tiny parasites feed on the bees' blood and can infect them with harmful viruses. (Photo credit: Scott Bauer, USDA-ARS)
Fruits
June 28, 2016
Bees May Accidentally Bring Varroa Mites Into Their Hives
A USDA research team is learning that mite populations often spike in the fall, due to migration into the hives. Read More
Agras MG-1 agriculture drone
Equipment
June 28, 2016
Washington State University Partners With UAV Manufacturer On Research
DJI, a global leader in drone and camera technology, will work with the university to research use of UAVs. Read More
UAV in flight
Citrus
June 22, 2016
Heads Up: FAA Finalizes Rules For Small Drones
Regulations will create new opportunities for business and government entities to use unmanned aircraft systems weighing less than 55 pounds. Read More
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Production
July 26, 2016
Importing Frozen Honeybee Sperm Is Key T…
The Washington State University (WSU) bee program has worked with researchers from around the world to create more honeybee genetic repositories like the one at WSU. Read More
Berries
July 12, 2016
Automated Strawberry Picker: One Step Cl…
Company receives U.S. Patent approval for continuous picking wheel on the machine. Read More
Fruits
July 7, 2016
New Video Highlights Benefits Of Plantin…
It’s becoming clear that one effective method is to plant wildflowers at field edges. Read More
Crop Protection
July 6, 2016
Abiotic Issues Affect Vegetable Producti…
Although most issues you face are biotic, abiotic issues can greatly impact vegetable crop yield and quality. Read More
Equipment
July 6, 2016
Options In Harvest Mechanization For Veg…
Depending on your goals, labor-saving devices are available to just about any grower, big or small. Two growers and an equipment manufacturer discuss the kinds of things you can do — and what it will mean for your production. Read More
Citrus
July 5, 2016
Citrus, Pistachio Researchers Named Firs…
Extension advisors named University of California Cooperative Extension Presidential Chairs to study pistachio production systems. Read More
Fruits
June 28, 2016
Bees May Accidentally Bring Varroa Mites…
A USDA research team is learning that mite populations often spike in the fall, due to migration into the hives. Read More
Equipment
June 17, 2016
New Tractor For The Small Grower On The …
New business venture's goal is to meet the needs of those producing on a limited number of acres. Read More
Fruits
June 10, 2016
5 Components To Help Streamline The Irri…
Check out details on some of the latest products to help you achieve efficiencies in your irrigation system. Read More
Irrigation
June 8, 2016
How To Use Irrigation Water Wisely For Y…
Experts from both coasts share advice on ways to save this precious resource on the farm, including drip tape management and increasing organic matter. Read More
Irrigation
June 6, 2016
How To Maximize Water Efficiency On Your…
Growers from both East and West reveal how they get the most from their water supply – and save money. Read More
Fruits
June 4, 2016
Small Farmers To Gather In Fall
Meeting will address the challenges small farmers face and their vital role in American agriculture. Read More
Fruits
May 25, 2016
Farm Bureau Says EPA, Army Corps Of Engi…
AFBF told Congress that the Army Corps' novel interpretations of environmental law are threatening farmers in California and other areas of the country. Read More
Citrus
May 17, 2016
$130 Million In Funds For Fruit And Vege…
USDA allocates funds for Extension, organic production, food safety, and technology grants. Read More
Fruits
May 12, 2016
Study: Climate Change Putting Sting On N…
Analysis of record-breaking 2010 cold spell yields hot leads about chilling effect on tropical bees in South Florida. Read More
Citrus
May 10, 2016
Survey: Beekeepers Lost 44% Of Bees Last…
Responses indicate summer losses rival winter losses for second year in a row. Read More
Production
May 6, 2016
A Close Look At The GMO Breeding Process
A plant breeding expert details the scientific procedures required to bring GMO crops to market. Read More
Farm Management
May 2, 2016
USDA Unveils New Urban Agriculture Toolk…
For urban farmers and agribusiness entrepreneurs, the toolkit is an electronic document that helps users navigate more than 70 resources, including technical assistance and financing opportunities. Read More
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