More than 500 days after Hurricane Michael flattened crops and livelihoods in southwest Georgia, a fresh infusion of emergency aid money is on its way. Top state officials on Wednesday announced a $347 million grant program aimed at farmers and landowners in 95 south Georgia counties who sustained major losses during the historic storm, which made landfall in October 2018 as a Category 5 behemoth.
Over the next four years, researchers will be looking for answers for some of the most problematic bacterial diseases in onions. The USDA Specialty Crops Research Initiative is providing $4 million for the Stop the Rot project, with an additional $4.2 million from onion growers, universities and seed companies.
Sorghum crops in areas where the agricultural parasite Striga, also known as witchweed, is common are more likely to have genetic adaptations to help them resist the parasite, according to new research led by Penn State scientists. Changes to the LGS1 gene affect some of the crop’s hormones, making it harder for parasites to find in the soil, at least in some regions.
Prices of many potatoes are going up at the grocery store. That's due largely to up to $10 million in recent losses of potato crops in the Skagit Valley. It's all about supply and demand. This shortage of crops has increased the prices of these potatoes for people at the grocery store. This is all according to agricultural expert Don McMoran at WSU.
A new bill would open up access to small business loans for livestock farmers across the state. SB 868 would change the definition of a small farmer so more operations can access low-interest loans under the Family Farms Act. The bill was introduced Monday to the Senate Agriculture, Food Production and Outdoor Resources Committee by its sponsor, Justin Brown, R-Rolla.
Potato farmers in Skagit County suffered big losses last fall after they were unable to harvest some of their crops as a result of early and heavy rainfall. An estimated 2,000 acres of potatoes — valued at $3,000 to $5,000 an acre — went unharvested this season, said Don McMoran, director of the Washington State University Skagit County Extension.
Congress required several changes to crop insurance as part of the 2018 Farm Bill and the Risk Management Agency has been rapidly working to get the new rules in place. That’s in addition to trying to help producers deal with extremely wet and damaging weather conditions in 2019, says RMA Administrator Martin Barbre.
They create the stuff of magic, equated with deliciousness. And they could make or break a family business. Sugar beets are a mainstay crop in Wyoming. But in northern Wyoming, where the growing conditions are optimal, farmers who grow sugar beets are facing a hardship like they’ve not seen in generations.
Late winter is a very important time for orchardists because now is when you should apply dormant oil spray to your fruit trees. Dormant oil (also called all-seasons spray oil) smothers insect eggs on fruit trees before they hatch. You can apply it any time before buds start to open in spring; now is the ideal time.
The first U.S. trial over a herbicide called dicamba has landed Bayer AG and its German rival BASF SE with another potentially multi-billion-dollar problem. Jurors in federal court in Cape Girardeau awarded $265 million Saturday to a Missouri farmer who blamed the herbicide for destroying his peach orchards.
Black cutworm larvae are uniformly colored on the upper surfaces, ranging from light gray or gray-brown to nearly black. Close examination reveals numerous dark, coarse granules over most of the body. The head is brownish with numerous dark spots. The adult is a large moth with a half-inch wingspan.
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