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9/16/2014 - Netafim USA Announces Strategic Alliance with T-L Irrigation

Netafim USA has entered into a strategic alliance with Nebraska-based T-L Irrigation in support of the patented Precision Mobile Drip Irrigation (PMDI) platform. The innovative PMDI system melds the benefits of T-L Irrigation's hydrostatically powered center pivot irrigation system with the unmatched water efficiency and uniformity of Netafim's drip irrigation technology to provide growers with a...


9/15/2014 - Seminis Introduces New Dixie Red Fresh Tomato Variety

Seminis announced the launch of its new Dixie Red hybrid tomato seed. With its larger fruit, better disease package and higher yield potential compared to Florida 47 R hybrid tomato seed, the variety is expected to quickly become an industry leader. "Dixie Red tomato seed will help growers get more fruit out of their fields, which is something they really care about," said Alfredo Moreno, Seminis...


9/14/2014 - MU Researchers Find Boron Facilitates Stem Cell Growth and Development in Corn

Boron deficiency is one of the most widespread causes of reduced crop yield. Missouri and the eastern half of the United States are plagued by boron-deficient soil. Corn and soybean farmers often need to supplement their soil with boron; however, little is known about the ways in which corn plants utilize the essential nutrient. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri have found that boron...


9/13/2014 - USApple Predicts Third-Largest Crop

Predicting the third-largest overall crop of apples, U.S. Apple Association leaders say the 2014-2015 season will be challenging, but despite concerns of high production numbers and tight labor supply, there is an overriding optimism. The association released production predictions at its annual Crop Outlook & Marketing conference at the Ritz Carlton in Chicago. According to the association,...


9/12/2014 - Berendes Joins Verdesian Life Sciences Board of Directors

Verdesian Life Sciences announced that Robert Berendes has joined the company's board of directors. "Robert brings a great depth of knowledge of product development and organizational growth," said J.J. Grow, Verdesian chief executive officer. "Our board is delighted to welcome him as our newest member. The perspective Robert brings to Verdesian and our board, coupled with his enthusiasm to work...


9/11/2014 - Tater Team Takes Part in ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Showing its support for one of the most popular fundraisers ever, the Idaho Potato Commission's (IPC) Great Big Idaho Potato Truck nominated the Florida Department of Citrus, Washington Apples and Georgia Peaches to accept the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. The energetic Tater Team that travels with the Great Big Idaho Potato Truck initiated the challenge on Facebook with a video of them drenching the...


9/10/2014 - Bayer CropScience to Invest in U.S. Businesses

Bayer CropScience announced it will invest nearly $1 billion in its North American businesses between 2013 and 2016 as a result of "positive long-term market development" in the region. The company's CEO, Liam Condon, said Bayer CropScience was committing significant resources to spur further growth. "We see future growth driven by increasing and sustained demand from customers...


9/9/2014 - Dramm Releases New White Paper: Dissolved Oxygen in the Greenhouse

Dissolved oxygen (DO) in irrigation water is the missing measurement in most greenhouses. Growers may measure electrical conductivity (EC) and pH but rarely look at DO levels in their irrigation water. However, DO has as much impact on plant growth as the other two variables. While this measurement is not often taken, growers are aware of the need for oxygen in the root zone. Media type...


9/8/2014 - Berkebile Oil Introduces Protection First Class

Berkebile Oil Co., a U.S. manufacturer of high-quality, professional-grade automotive and industrial chemicals, announced the introduction of its new Protection First Class (PFC) penetrating lubricant and rust inhibitor. The innovative product is the first of its kind for Berkebile and represents the company's entry into a new category of environmentally responsible lubricants. In formulating PFC,...


9/4/2014 - Ocean Spray Gets $200,000 Federal Grant

A newly trademarked Ocean Spray Cranberries product is getting a $200,000 boost from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Value-Added Producer Grants program. The money will be used to assist with the costs of producing 100,000 cases of what is being called PACt, "a new beverage platform that uses natural cranberry extract while reducing sugar content and caloric value," according to...


9/3/2014 - Association Launches New Mexico Chile Trademark

The New Mexico Chile Association has secured a trademark and is licensing growers and others to use it in hopes of protecting the reputation and future of the state's iconic peppers. Association members and state officials gathered at the Range Café in Albuquerque to launch the trademark, which association executive director Jaye Hawkins likens to the Vidalia onion and Idaho potato marks. ...


9/2/2014 - Behind the Rise of the Almighty Kale

Crisis averted. Foodies and health nuts can go back to eating their kale salads and drinking their kale protein shakes in good conscience now that reports of a kale shortage have turned out to be premature. Jeff Trickett, sales and marketing director at Bejo Seeds, Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of Bejo Zaden, the world's largest supplier of kale seeds, said that the company was unable to fulfill "a...


9/1/2014 - Red Wing Software Releases Free Guides for Switching Accounting and Payroll Software

Red Wing Software, Inc. announced the addition of three guides to help software seekers make the right decision when outgrowing their basic or "starter" software programs. The guides are meant to cover every step of the software search and can help organizations make the right software decision for their business. "The Internet has become the go-to place for organizations researching...


8/31/2014 - Deadly Citrus Greening Disease Plaguing Rio Grande Valley

The future of the Rio Red grapefruit and other citrus trees in the Rio Grande Valley is at risk, including commercial operations worth $150 million, said leaders of the Texas Citrus Pest and Disease Management Corp. during a presentation. More than 500 trees in commercial fields are now infected by the deadly citrus greening disease, also known as huanglongbing, since positive test results have...


8/30/2014 - USDA Reopens Chinese Market Access for California Citrus

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that California citrus farmers will be able to resume exports to China this season. California citrus exports are valued at $30 million annually. "Resuming trade before the start of the 2014 citrus shipping season is the result of a lot of effort by a number of USDA employees, who worked very closely with their foreign counterparts to resolve China's...


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