“In just the past three years, soybean cyst nematode (SCN) has spread to 55 new U.S. counties in 11 states,” says Greg Tylka, Iowa State University (ISU) nematologist and co-leader of The SCN Coalition. “The most damaging soybean pathogen, SCN has also infested 24 new counties and rural municipalities in the Canadian provinces of Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec.”
The Widespread wildfire season of 2020 had winegrape growers and vintners up and down the West Coast scrambling to run micro-fermentations and test grapes for guaiacol and 4-methylguaiacol. Contracts, many of which contained no specific provisions for smoke exposure, were called into question, and animosity between some buyers and sellers ran high.
The Effects of COVID-19 on Fruit and Vegetable Production,” by Stephen Devadoss, the Emabeth Thompson Endowed Professor in the College of Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources at Texas Tech, and William Ridley of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, found 2020 U.S. crop losses were estimated in a range from $3.8 million-$16 million for lettuce, $1.3 million-$5 million in apples and $1.1 million-$4 million in grapes.
The January 2021 edition of the US Apple Association's Market News is now available. This is the third report on the 2020 apple crop According to the survey, this year's fresh apple holdings on January 1, 2021, totaled 90.3 million bushels, 13.1 percent less than the inventories reported for January 1 of last year.
US blueberry farmers are adapting to changing climate and weather patterns in order to yield the best produce. “This is the time of year our plants go to sleep,” said Byne, owner of Byne’s Organic Blueberry Farm in Waynesboro. “Cold hours are extremely important for the plants to rest and get a good night's sleep for three or four months and be ready to go.
Hurricanes, development, demographics, disease and other issues combined in recent decades to severely reduce citrus acreage and crops in Plaquemines Parish, which has the majority of Louisiana growers. According to Louisiana State University (LSU) AgCenter, the state has only 841 acres of citrus remaining.
We now have more details on how much Covid aid money will be going to agriculture in the bill signed by President Trump on Sunday. It calls for $13 billion in direct aid to farmers with another 13 billion going to food and nutrition type programs. Of the $13 billion going to farmers, 5 billion of the total is to go for $20 an acre payments for row crop farmers with corn growers getting 1.8 billion, soybean farmers are scheduled to get 1.7 billion and wheat growers can expect $890 million.
Arkansas' cotton crop got off to a slow, cool and wet start, endured a pandemic and the remains of two hurricanes, hinted at record yields and inexplicably ended the season with prices hitting a high note. "By May 18, only 47 percent of the crop had been planted," said Scott Stiles, extension economist for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. "Another way to say this is: Half the crop was planted past the optimal cutoff date."
Researchers, working to address the largest problem among citrus growers – Huanglongbing, or HLB- are investing in an old technique by creating new fruit species with increased resistance. Scientists from the University of California - Riverside have turned to cross-breed citrus fruits to breed new hybrid species that have the best traits of their parent species.
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