This report provides the results of a special survey of potato growers in the San Luis Valley, which was conducted to evaluate potato varieties planted for the 2019 crop. The survey was conducted by the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics' Mountain Region Field Office with funding from t…
For grape growers, accurately predicting each season’s yield is key to a successful harvest. Underpredict, and you won’t have enough labor on hand or you’ll run out of storage space; overpredict, and you could fall through on promises to your distributors.
After a mild weekend of sunny skies and temperatures in the high 50s, much of Arkansas found itself dealing with widespread rains and falling mercury throughout Monday. Tuesday, the state awoke to a morning that declared itself as “winter” in no uncertain terms.
Colorado’s famous peaches, sweet corn, chiles and melons, and an abundance of other specialty crops will benefit from grants totaling more than $745,000 through the Colorado Department of Agriculture’s 2019 Specialty Crops Program.
High tunnels may help reduce pests and improve yields for grape growers in Arkansas, said Elena Garcia, horticulture professor and researcher for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.
The Eastern Broccoli Project began in 2010 with the goal of growing a $100 million broccoli industry in the eastern U.S. in 10 years. Currently, the industry is valued at around $90 million and, with two remaining years of funding, Cornell University researchers say they are on schedule to m…
The citrus greening quarantine has expanded to Brazoria and Galveston counties, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts.
Fred Millard Jr. of Holdenville has been featured by “National Geographic” and “Smithsonian Magazine” for his extensive contributions to the freshwater turtle industry. But this time, he is in the spotlight for a vastly different record—his 25-pound, 2-ounce sweet potato.
Pecan production in New Mexico is forecast at a record high 97 million pounds, which is a 6% increase from 2018. The forecast was included in the October 2019 Crop Production Report recently released by the United States Department of Agriculture-National Agricultural Statistics Service.
Diversifying vineyards for hops production and wines made from Arkansas grapes will be among the topics presented at the Arkansas Association of Grape Growers 2019 Conference, Trade Show and Reception on Nov. 1.
From dry beans to honey, specialty crops are an important part of Nebraska agriculture. Several organizations in Nebraska recently received nearly $675,000 in grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Nebraska Department of Agriculture to fund projects designed to strengthen the…
The “store and hold” strategy employed by many rice growers in 2018 has finally paid off, as rice prices rallied in 2019, hinging largely on record prevented planting acreage and general uncertainty about the year’s crop size.
The inaugural Rice Reps class of 2019 capped off the Arkansas Rice program recently at the Capital Hotel in downtown Little Rock. The Rice Reps and their families were present as nine students received scholarships while the class as a whole was recognized for their participation.
Arkansas scientists are working to develop rice varieties that are tolerant of Arkansas’ frequent high nighttime air temperatures, a condition that can significantly reduce yields and post-harvest quality.
Texas has a long history of growing cotton. It’s a resilient crop, able to withstand big swings in temperature fairly well. However, growing cotton in the same fields year after year can be a bad idea. Nutrients can get depleted. Disease can lurk in the ground during the winter season, only …
Mexico is now the world’s largest beer exporter in terms of both value and volume—and that growth is good news for U.S. barley farmers and malt producers who supply their main ingredient.
armers, chefs and foodies are all invited to an “Alternative Crop Tour” that will allow participants to “see how your food is grown” on Sept. 24 by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Potter County office.
In celebration of National Rice Month, the Minnesota Cultivated Wild Rice Council is asking for your help in determining the “People’s Choice” winner of its 10th Annual “Get Wild with Wild Rice” recipe contest. Over 100 wild rice recipe entries were whittled down to 13 final “candidates” whi…
Sheridan Research and Extension Center vineyard highlights are the focus of the “Grape Growing in Wyoming” workshop 5:15 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 4, at the center on the Sheridan College campus.
A 65-year comparative analysis between U.S. yields of irrigated and rain-fed crops has sounded a message to farmers, land managers and policymakers: Mind the gap.
It can only mean one thing when summer begins to wind down and thoughts turn to the start of another school year—it’s State Fair time! While the fair is affectionately known as the “Great Minnesota Get-Together,” an equally important “Great Minnesota Get-Together” is the relationship between…
The bright minds within the turfgrass and plant breeding departments within Oklahoma State University’s Plant and Soil Sciences Department have propagated a new turfgrass variety so versatile it has even been garnering attention from the NFL.
Kansas State University’s Agricultural Research Center in Hays will provide updated management strategies for numerous Kansas crops when it hosts the annual fall field day on Aug. 21.
A group of craft brewers from Mexico saw their prime ingredient—barley—in the field for the first time ever during a trade team recently organized by the U.S. Grains Council. The team’s visit to North Dakota and Montana connected the brewers with both U.S. farmers and U.S. malting houses to …
Weed management, furrow irrigation and drone use in agriculture are all on the agenda Aug. 2 for the annual Rice Field Day being hosted by the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture at the Rice Research and Extension Center in Stuttgart.
CV Sciences, Inc., a preeminent supplier and manufacturer of hemp cannabidiol products through its brand, PlusCBD Oil, recently announced the commencement of its domestic hemp sourcing initiative, including a commitment to more than 500 acres of U.S.-based hemp production for 2019.
Mark Knight wasn’t even considering entering a white-fleshed peach in the Chilton County Peach Festival contest in Alabama this year. His daughters talked him into it.
Pecan growers who are interested in learning more about crop load thinning should make plans to attend the Pecan Crop Loading Thinning Field Day slated Aug. 1.
Farming and ranching is a very risky business. Many times the success or failure of an agricultural business is determined by the ability of the operator to manage risk. One of the most risky decisions that farmers and ranchers make regularly is considering producing a new crop.
Whether it’s Fourth of July family picnics, road trips or just afternoons by the swimming pool, if summertime had a flavor, it might just taste like a slice of sweet, juicy watermelon.
The annual Texas Potato Breeding and Variety Development Program Field Day, hosted by Texas A&M AgriLife Research and the Barrett Potato Farms, will be July 18.
For the week ending June 16, there were 5.4 days suitable for fieldwork, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Northern Plains Regional Field Office, Nebraska. Topsoil moisture supplies rated 1 percent very short, 2 short, 83 adequate, and 14 surplus. Subsoil moisture…
Arkansas farmers besieged by floodwaters, rain-filled forecasts and sprouting weeds are seeing another threat crawling toward their valuable crops in the form of numerous, hungry pests.
The Iowa Hemp Act, which allows licensed producers in Iowa to grow up to 40 acres of industrial hemp as a cash crop, passed with overwhelming bipartisan support in the Iowa Legislature before being signed into law by Gov. Kim Reynolds in early May. While official regulations are still being …
Savannah Gates, a hydroponic farmer in Amarillo, Texas, lives at the crossroads of Hope and Farmers—and lives by the connection of those words, too. Her path in life hasn’t been straight, but every curve she’s taken has helped to build her farming business into what it is today.
The New Mexico Department of Agriculture has scheduled formal hearings to receive public input on the newly developed hemp manufacturing rule.
The Nebraska Department of Agriculture and Nebraska Extension are encouraging produce vendors, nurseries, beekeepers, organic growers and other businesses that could be affected by chemical drift to avoid inadvertent drift by registering their specialty crops and beehives online with DriftWa…
Grape growers can meet with one of the world’s leading viticulture scientists as part of the fourth annual Missouri Grape Growers Association Viticulture Field Day and Missouri Vintners Association meeting.
Almost everyone agrees that store-bought tomatoes don’t have much flavor. Now, scientists from the Agricultural Research Service and the Boyce Thompson Institute may have spotlighted the solution in a paper just published in Nature Genetics
“Get Wild with Wild Rice” recipe contest kicks off with cash and prizes on the line. The Minnesota Cultivated Wild Rice Council is looking for creative, motivated and imaginative contestants with the culinary skills necessary to compete in the 10th annual “Get Wild with Wild Rice” recipe contest.
Improved pest resistance and drought tolerance are among potential benefits of an international effort in which Agricultural Research Service scientists and their collaborators have produced the clearest picture yet of the complex genomic history of the cultivated peanut.
New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture Jeff Witte would like to remind the public that all hemp growers in New Mexico must obtain a license from the New Mexico Department of Agriculture.
USDA extended the deadline to May 17 from May 1 for agricultural producers to certify 2018 crop production for payments through the Market Facilitation Program, which helps producers who have been significantly affected by foreign tariffs, resulting in the loss of traditional exports. USDA’s…