Researchers at the University of New Hampshire have found that grafting melons onto the rootstocks of hybrid squash substantially increases the production of melons, a potential source of increased revenue for New England farmers.
Bayer CropScience Vegetable Seeds and the National Watermelon Association (NWA) are entering into an unprecedented partnership to attract new members into the association. Effective immediately and for the next two years, Bayer is funding first-year memberships to all eligible watermelon growers.
Rose gardeners have a lot to say about aphids. Some may advise insecticides as a way to manage an infestation, but others will swear by live ladybugs (natural predators of aphids). The latter is more environmental friendly, and once the ladybugs run out of food to eat, they move on.
Farm income in the United States will continue to be challenged by a confluence of global economic factors - mounting supplies of grain and oilseeds, the U.S. dollar's continued strength and slowing growth in China - through the remainder of 2015 and into 2016, according to the new Quarterly Rural Economic Review from CoBank.
On the supply side, the forecast of planted and harvested acreage of soybeans in the October report will reflect any new information coming from the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) crop production survey as well as administrative data, primarily from the Farm Service Agency (FSA).
The Sixth Session of the Governing Body of the International Treaty takes place in Rome, from Oct. 5-9, 2015. Treaty signatories at the Governing Body will negotiate a subscription system for users of crop diversity that will generate predictable and regular income for farmers conserving and further adapting seed varieties on farm.
A presidentially appointed board of international food policy advisers and specialists will bring their work to Purdue University on Oct. 20-21 as part of its collaboration with universities in seeking ways to alleviate world hunger.
Bion Environmental Technologies, Inc., a provider of advanced livestock waste treatment technology, announced that it has filed a new patent application for a process that recovers a nitrogen-rich, natural, non-synthetic fertilizer product from a livestock waste stream.