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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…

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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 …

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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 …

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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. 

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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…

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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

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“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.

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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.

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