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New Mexicans have been growing wine grapes since 1629, when Spanish monks planted vines in the Rio Grande valley near present day Socorro. Through the centuries, viticulturists have demonstrated that the state’s semi-arid climate and plentiful sunshine can be ideal for vineyards.

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U.S. barley can now be exported to China following the approval of a phytosanitary protocol by both countries, a market development achievement years in the making finally accomplished with the boost of the U.S.-China Phase 1 deal signed in January.

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While it’s not a new concept, an increasingly popular practice is to plant cash crops directly into living cover crops. The science behind it is sound—allowing producers to push the benefits of their cover crops to the max and take advantage of things like added organic matter and nutrient release.

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Furrow-irrigated rice has been gaining ground, increasing from less than 1% to 10% of total rice acreage in Arkansas in the past five years.

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Many of us are finding ourselves spending more time at home preparing meals. Wouldn’t it be great if there were a fun way to stimulate creativity in the kitchen, all while holding the potential to win cash and prizes? Well, there is!

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Arkansas growers intend to plant about 1.39 million acres of rice in 2020, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report released Tuesday. The acreage is a rebound from 2019’s 1.15 million acres, but still shy of 2018’s 1.44 million acres. The modest increase surprised some analysts, …

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A new tool is available for wine grape growers around the state to help identify potential problems—the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Grapevine Disorders Pocket Guide for Growers in Texas.

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The Kansas Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for the 2020 Specialty Crop Block Grant Program. Funds for the program are awarded to the agency by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service. The funds are in turn granted to projects and organizations …

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Have you thought about starting an asparagus bed? All you need is a dedicated plant bed, sunshine, well-drained soil, soil that will test out 6.5 to 7.5 pH, and patience. The reward will be fresh asparagus for as many as 10-20 years.

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Nebraska growers, dealers, and processors held 4.0 million hundredweight of potatoes in storage on Feb. 1, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Current stocks represent 42% of the 2019 production. Total stocks are defined as all potatoes on hand, regardless of use, i…

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Colorado harvested 2,700 acres of onions in 2019, up 4% from 2,600 acres harvested in 2018, according to the Mountain Regional Field Office of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. The state produced 1.15 million hundredweight of onions in 2019, a decrease of 2%from the 1.17 milli…

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Farms that grow strawberries, hops, cut flowers and mushrooms? No, it’s not California—it’s the type of crop diversity found on family farms in Iowa. For those seeking to explore ways to step into agriculture through alternative crops and livestock markets, Iowa Farm Bureau Federation’s “Acr…

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Oklahoma State University has been involved in viticulture research for more than a century. With the expansion in recent years in the wine-making industry in Oklahoma, OSU continues to meet the demand of viticulture and enology information.

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At the direction of President Donald J. Trump, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue on Feb. 3 announced the third and final tranche of 2019 Market Facilitation Program payments aimed at assisting farmers suffering from damage due to unjustified trade retaliation by foreign nations. The…

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Ocean Mist Farms, the leading grower and marketer of fresh artichokes in the U.S. and the only growers of winter globe artichokes in Coachella Valley, announces the launch of Coachella artichoke season.

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GEDrew is a brown rice with an odd kernel trait that sidelined its commercial prospects. Now, Agricultural Research Service scientists’ re-examination of the trait and its link to increased antioxidant levels could give the rice variety a new commercial lease on life.

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Estimates show that New Mexico’s utilized pecan production in 2019 reached a record high 96.6 million pounds, up 6% from the utilized production of 91.1 million pounds in 2018. The preliminary data was included in the recent Pecan Production report released by the United States Department of…

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CLL16, a new high-yield, long-grain Clearfield rice variety developed by the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture will be available to rice growers from Horizon Ag in 2021.

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Ponca is the 20th blackberry from the fruit breeding program of the division’s Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station, said John R. Clark, fruit breeder and Distinguished Professor of horticulture for the Division of Agriculture and the University of Arkansas’ Dale Bumpers College of Agric…

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The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service has released an updated 2020 High Plains Crop Profitability Analyzer budgeting tool just in time to help Texas High Plains producers plan for the new year, said Justin Benavidez, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension economist in Amarillo.

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture released its December World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report, Dec. 10, and it didn’t have much good news for farmers.

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In the world of peanuts, Georgia is king, growing over 46 percent of the U.S. crop. So where better to locate a laboratory dedicated to solving problems of the U.S. peanut industry?In Dawson, Georgia, on Nov. 22, the National Peanut Research Laboratory celebrated 50 years of research on the …

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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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