Temporary and Permanent Pest Exclusion Systems for Vegetable Production

Clint Thompson Alabama, Organic, Pests, Top Posts

According to Alabama Extension, the demand for organic crop production has experienced an upward trajectory in recent years. This increasing demand means there is a need for more farmers to produce organic vegetables at a reasonable cost, while also being environmentally sustainable. For these producers, insect pest management is one of the aspects where they must watch their costs and …

UGA researcher to study potential use of essential oils in organic blueberry production

Clint Thompson Berries, Georgia, Organic, Top Posts

By Josh Paine for UGA CAES News Organic fruit and vegetable growers want to meet the recent uptick in national consumer demand, but they need additional tools to battle pests and diseases that often accompany organic crop growth. One such tool may be the use of essential oils. That’s why the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and …

Building Better Soil

Ashley Robinson Florida, Organic, Soil, Top Posts, VSCNews magazine

By Tiffany Bailey and Ida Vandamme It was about 18 months ago when we began planning our first crop to be planted on our newly certified organic field at Honeyside Farms in Parrish, Florida. The field was previously used for pastureland. It was easy to see that we would be starting from a soil structure that is common in our …

United Fresh Releases Fresh Facts on Retail Report

Clint Thompson Fruit, Organic, Top Posts, Vegetables

A new report covers the increasing popularity of e-commerce and the unprecedented rise of in-home consumption triggered by COVID-19, including the continued growth of fresh fruit and vegetable sales. United Fresh Produce Association released its Q2 2020 issue of FreshFacts on Retail this week. The report measures retail price and sales trends for the top 10 fruit and vegetable commodities …

Shallow Subsurface Drip Irrigation for Organic Growers

Ashley Robinson Irrigation, Leafy Vegetables, Organic, Top Posts, Vegetables, VSCNews magazine

By Tim Coolong Subsurface drip irrigation (SDI) has been around for many years in a variety of different iterations. Most typically, SDI refers to a permanent drip system installed fairly deep (18 inches) and is used for irrigating agronomic crops such as corn or cotton. In many cases, vegetable crops are too shallowly rooted for a traditional SDI system, but …

Funding Available to Help with Organic Certification

Clint Thompson Organic, South Carolina, Top Posts

COLUMBIA – South Carolina farmers and food processors who want to pursue organic certification may qualify for reimbursement through a grant administered by the South Carolina Department of Agriculture.  “Organic certification can help agribusinesses find new customers and expand to new markets, and we’re happy to be able to help,” said Commissioner of Agriculture Hugh Weathers.   The Organic Certification …

Integrating Biological Controls for Root-Knot Nematodes, Weeds in Organic Farming

Clint Thompson Organic, Pests, Top Posts

By Maria M. Lameiras for CAES News While weeds and plant parasites are a concern for all agricultural producers, organic farmers are doubly challenged to combat these problems without chemical solutions. Through a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a University of Georgia researcher is working to discover and integrate biological products and cover crops to control nematodes and …

Ampersand® Adjuvant Can Reduce Organic Herbicide Use Rates by Half Without Sacrificing Performance

Clint Thompson Organic, Top Posts

BOCA RATON, Fla. /PRNewswire/ — Attune Agriculture, the leader in combining agriculture and food science to create products using hydrocolloid technology, announced that its OMRI listed adjuvant, Ampersand®, can reduce the use rate of organic herbicides by 50%, while maintaining the same level of performance as high use rates. Ampersand is a unique adjuvant formulated with hydrocolloids that provides superior deposition, …