Features

  • Prepare to Fight Sugarcane Aphid for Sorghum Yield

    April 27, 2015

    Sugarcane aphids likely will be a big challenge for sorghum this year, and entomologists across the Southeast are warning growers to prepare. “I’m expecting it to be pretty bad this year,” said University of Georgia grain crop entomologist David Buntin, who was compiling advice to send to sorghum growers late last week. “If this year is anything like last year, every field will be treated at least once.

  • Farmers Catching up on Planting after Rains

    April 24, 2015

    Producers across much of the Southeast are a few days late planting corn this April, after a week of drenching rains kept them out of the field. Whether the rain delay will alter their overall planting plans remains to be seen.

  • EU Proposes Rule to Allow Countries to Reject GMO Food

    April 23, 2015

    A proposal that would allow European countries to ban genetically engineered crops – even if the European Union deemed them safe – has pleased neither agriculture interests or anti-GMO groups.

  • Poultry Experts Head to Minnesota to Help with Avian Flu Response

    April 22, 2015

    As avian influenza continues to pummel Minnesota’s turkey industry, poultry experts from around the country – including a half dozen professionals from the leading poultry state, Georgia – are on the way to help.

  • Clemson, International Team Crack Genetic Code of Upland Cotton

    April 21, 2015

    In a groundbreaking achievement led by an international team that includes Clemson scientist Chris Saski, the intricately woven genetic makeup of Upland cotton has been decoded for the first time in the ancient plant’s history.

  • VSG Ready to Protect Farmers’ Yield with Agriculture Drones

    April 20, 2015

    Eight years ago, Ben Worley was in charge of a team developing an unmanned aerial system to scout out enemy locations in order to protect fellow soldiers and Marines. Today, the former Air Force officer again is leading a team looking for enemies in the field – enemies that could steal away a farmer’s yield.

  • El Niño Will Impact the Field

    April 17, 2015

    El Niño is here and it very likely will continue through the summer. Better prepare for it. Forecasters with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration updated the El Niño outlook this week, predicting that the climate pattern now has a 70% chance of continuing through the summer.

  • Tri-State Extension Program Helps Goat Producers

    April 16, 2015

    The demand for goat meat is growing in this country and likely will flourish as immigrants move and bring their cultural heritage with them, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

  • More Bird Flu Cases in Minnesota, Nearly 2 Dozen Total

    April 15, 2015

    Avian influenza continues to sweep across Minnesota, where another eight turkey flocks on Tuesday were confirmed to have the virus. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service confirmed the highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza, bringing the number of infected flocks in Minnesota to 22 total confirmed cases.

  • 1st Avian Flu Case Confirmed in U.S. Chicken Flock

    April 14, 2015

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture has confirmed a case of highly pathogenic avian influenza in a chicken flock, the first time the strain has infected commercial chickens in this country in more than 30 years.

  • California Drought Driving Interest in Southern Pecans

    April 13, 2015

    If anyone asked advice from Dan Zedan a few years ago, he’d tell him to go into almonds. Today, he’d say pecans. “It’s a great time to be in the pecan business,” he said. Zedan owns Nature’s Finest Foods, a company that specializes in marketing tree nuts. He’s watched over the past few years as consumers started to shift their habits – even if they didn’t realize it.

  • Study Looks into Microbes Carried by Feral Hogs

    April 10, 2015

    As if farmers needed another reason to hate feral hogs. Feral swine do millions of dollars in crop damage this time of year, rooting around in freshly planted fields and muddying up streams. The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded a grant to a Georgia microbiologist to find out what kind of damage wild pigs leave behind that we can’t see.

  • Honeybee Die-Off Less Severe this Year

    April 09, 2015

    The honeybee population appears to have survived the winter in better shape than a year ago, but still faces several significant threats, a Purdue University honeybee specialist said.

  • To Buy or Not to Buy, Tips on Used Farm Equipment

    April 08, 2015

    Prices for used farm machinery have been trending lower in the past year due to a surplus of inventory at dealerships, but buying used may not always be the best option, a Purdue University expert says.

  • Farmers Help Fight Food Waste by Donating Wholesome Food

    April 07, 2015

    Sometimes Mother Nature and hard work come together to produce a bountiful harvest on the farm. But what if the grocery store, distributor, or processor that the farmer sells to can’t handle any excess? Or, what if a percentage of the crop turns out too big, too small, or oddly shaped and no one will buy it? Organizations across the country are working with farmers to get this wholesome produce to people who need it.

  • Profile: Dairy Family Makes Homestead for Next Generation

    April 06, 2015

    Jennifer Holle always knew she’d work with large animals. She just expected it to be horses. But, then she met Andrew Holle, an undergraduate working on a dairy science degree at the University of Minnesota at Crookston. “His adviser actually told him, ‘Stay away from those horse girls,’” Jennifer jokes. “But once we started dating, things went very quickly. He brought me back to his family’s farm and said, ‘This is what I’m coming back to.’

  • More Cases of Bird Flu; USDA Developing Vaccine

    April 03, 2015

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture has confirmed another case of highly contagious avian influenza in commercial poultry – this time in Beadle County, South Dakota. The flock of 53,000 turkeys is located within the Central flyway, where a similar strain was discovered earlier this year.

  • OSU Expert: High Magnesium Mineral Mix Could Help Prevent Grass Tetany

    April 02, 2015

  • AgSouth Grant Helps Tiny Market Grow to Largest in State

    April 02, 2015

    Nine years ago, the Peachtree Road Farmers Market was just a gathering of a dozen farmers and gardeners getting together 20 weeks a year to sell their produce to neighborhood shoppers.

  • Expected Cotton Acreage Even Lower than Predicted

    April 01, 2015

    Farmers intend to plant less cotton than they have in the past five years, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Prospective Plantings report released Tuesday. Across the country, farmers said they plan to plant 9.55 million acres of cotton in 2015, down 13 percent from last year.

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