Features

  • Pecan Crop Shrinks with Disappointing Harvest

    November 26, 2014

    The 2014 pecan crop won’t be nearly the size that experts expected and farmers hoped to see. Early on, the pecan crop looked good. Estimates for Georgia – the largest pecan producing state – were between 80 and 90 million pounds.

  • Clemson Firefly Project Creating a Buzz

    November 25, 2014

    Average people have a hard time relating to soil chemistry. So four years ago, Clemson University researchers Alex Chow and JC Chong gave them something they could relate to: Fireflies.

  • Immigration Action Does Little for Farmers

    November 24, 2014

    Around 4 million undocumented immigrants will get a chance to stay and work legally in the United States, but an executive order President Obama’s outlined last week won’t do much for agriculture, experts said.

  • UGA Scientist Studying Benefits of Forage Sorghum as Supplemental Feed for Dairy Cattle

    November 21, 2014

    University of Georgia researchers are researching drought-tolerant, alternative forages for the state’s dairy producers to help safeguard their feed supply and save money.

  • California Drought Creates Opportunity for South’s Vegetable Growers

    November 20, 2014

    A drought in California could lead farmers in the Southeast to consider new crops, a Georgia horticulturalist says. “Some of the larger vegetable growers in Georgia, particularly eastern Georgia, are being asked by their buyers to diversify,” said Tim Coolong, a vegetable specialist with the Extension Service. “The primary driver is concerns over water in California.”

  • Economist: Thanksgiving Turkey Prices Up This Year

    November 19, 2014

    Thanksgiving holiday food shoppers will find adequate supplies of turkeys but at higher prices, depending on the type and whether grocers pass the increases on to customers or eat the loss themselves, a Purdue University agricultural economist says.

  • Expert: Bt Resistant Armyworms Could Threaten Cotton

    November 18, 2014

    In fall 2013, Dominic Reisig got a phone call from a farmer in rural Hyde County, N.C. The farmer was growing corn, and it was literally falling apart in the field. What was going on?

  • Fire Guts Part of Mississippi Ag Museum

    November 17, 2014

    The Mississippi Department of Agriculture will rebuild sections of the state ag museum that were destroyed by fire last week, officials say, as people across the country express support and condolences.

  • New GMO Potato Coming to Snack Aisle Soon

    November 14, 2014

    One of the first vegetables genetically engineered to appeal to consumers could hit the market soon after the U.S. Department of Agriculture recently approved a GMO potato.

  • New FFA President Inspired to Tell the World about Ag

    November 13, 2014

    Andy Paul, a sophomore at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton, Ga., will serve as national president of FFA (Future Farmers of America) for the next year, a duty that will take him around the world to advocate for farming.

  • Energy Company Gives Farmers an Alternative to Propane

    November 12, 2014

    When the cost of liquid propane skyrockets in winter, there’s not much a poultry producer can do except pay the bill. The folks at Lee Energy Solutions set out to give those farmers a way to stabilize their costs by heating with wood pellets. Along the way, the company discovered another advantage to heating with wood.

  • USDA: Increased Production Will Lower Milk Prices

    November 11, 2014

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture lowered its projection for milk production in 2015, but not enough to prevent Class III milk – the class used to make cheese – from dropping $5 per cwt.

  • Crickets for Food? Bugs Show Protein Potential

    November 10, 2014

    Aaron Dossey thinks crickets might be the next big product for farmers, a drought tolerant crop that could be a valuable food source one day.

  • Farmers Sleep Easier as Device Catches Copper Thieves

    November 07, 2014

    Just a few years ago, Arkansas farmer Scott Mitchell had trouble sleeping at night. Lots of producers in Lonoke, Ark. did. They never knew when they’d wake up the next morning to find the wiring to their wells or grain bins ripped apart by copper thieves. Then, they discovered a company called Net Irrigate.

  • Two More States Reject GMO Labels

    November 06, 2014

    Voters in Colorado and Oregon rejected ballot measures on Tuesday that would have required all food containing genetically engineered plants to be labelled. But the GMO-labeling mandate barely failed in Oregon, which would have become the first state in the union where voters forced labels.

  • New Tomato Lines Resistant to Irksome Viruses

    November 05, 2014

    University of Florida professor Jay Scott has worked for nearly 25 years to get the virus resistance of a wild plant from South America into domestic tomatoes. He and assistant professor Sam Hutton have done it and those breeding lines might show up in commercial seed in just a few years.

  • Purdue Scientist: Distillers Grains with Calcium Oxide Improve Cattle Diets

    November 04, 2014

    Research by Purdue University scientist Jon Schoonmaker and his colleagues has shown that small amounts of calcium oxide can neutralize the acid in distillers grains, a commonly used alternative to corn in many livestock feed mixes.

  • Buckle Up for 2015, It’s Going to be Bumpy

    November 03, 2014

    Farm profits in 2015 could be as low as they were in 2005, when corn sold for $2 a bushel, a panel of agricultural economists from Purdue University agreed on Friday. "The Changing Business Climate for Agriculture: The Outlook for 2015" was led by Jim Mintert, the director of the Center for Commercial Agriculture and professor of agricultural economics.

  • Mastry Focusing on Engines Easy Environment & Wallet

    October 31, 2014

    Whether it’s powering a tractor, excavator, forklift or well pump, every non-road diesel engine now has to burn clean and may release only a fraction of the exhaust allowed a few years ago.

  • Ornamental Plant Seedlings Grown with LED Lights at Purdue

    October 30, 2014

    Purdue University researchers' success in using red and blue LEDs as the only source of light to grow ornamental plant seedlings indoors has led to a new phase of determining whether they can reduce production time with more colors.

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