Women are reshaping the landscape in farming

in Morning AgClips

From the earliest days of American agriculture, women have been a cornerstone of everyday farm life. But as culture and agriculture change, women are more engaged than ever in the core business — as farm operators and strategic decision makers.
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“Over the past three decades, the number of women-operated farms increased substantially,” says a report issued four years ago by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, using the most recent census data available. Continue reading

Thrips control gains more importance with high-yielding cotton

In Southeast Farm Press

Thrips control in cotton will continue to grow in importance as producers push for peak performance from new high-yielding varieties, says Ron Smith, Auburn University Extension entomologist.

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Five projects will help solve problems in agriculture & urban settings

Five projects funded for a total of $727,869 will explore new ways to manage mite-vectored wheat diseases, examine the dispersal and life history of the kudzu bug, test ways to manage spotted wing drosophila (SWD), develop online training for mosquito control and research ways to deal with bed bugs. All of the projects were funded by the USDA Southern Regional IPM grant program.

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Fruit and Vegetable Growers Conference Slated for February

Producers should make plans now to attend the Alabama Fruit and Vegetable Growers Conference and Tradeshow.  The Alabama Fruit and Vegetable Conference will be Friday, Feb. 7 at the Ham Wilson Arena and Saturday, Feb. 8 at the Marriott Opelika Hotel and Conference Center in Opelika, Ala.  Organized by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System and the Alabama Fruit and Vegetable Association, this conference is the premier educational conference for the state’s fruit and vegetable growers.

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Consultant survey paints North Carolina’s 2013 cotton insect picture

From Southeast Farm Press

By Jack Bacheler, North Carolina Extension Entomologist

Information from North Carolina’s licensed independent crop consultants is invaluable in determining cotton pest status and insecticide inputs from region to region and from one year to the next.

Their responses to our survey questionnaire are both an accurate account of the past “insect year” and represent approximately one third of North Carolina’s total cotton acreage.

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UGA researchers taking part in soybean root-knot-nematode resistance program

In Southeast Farm Press

By Randy Mertens, University of Missouri

Scientists from the University of Georgia, the University of Missouri and the Beijing Genome Institute have teamed up to use next-generation sequencing to identify two genes — out of approximately 50,000 possibilities — that defend soybeans from damage caused by the root-knot nematode (RKN).

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Late-planted soybeans may be more prone to diseases

In Southeast Farm Press

Soybeans were likely planted later than ever this year, and over a large geographic area in the Upper Southeast.

And North Carolina State University Plant Pathologist Steve Koenning says some of these beans may be exposed for longer periods of time to more than usual disease pressure.

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Vegetable producers now have more choices for pest control

In Southeast Farm Press

By Ayanava Majumdar & Neil Kelly, Alabama Cooperative Extension System

Vegetable production is always at a high risk of insect damage.

Insect pests range from caterpillars and true bugs that devastate summer crops to the insects of cool-season crops like aphids and yellow-margined leaf beetles.

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Georgia watermelons hammered by old disease

In Southeast Farm Press

Fusarium wilt has hammered Georgia watermelons for years, and it’s getting worse not better. Farmers could be planting themselves into a yield-crippling corner in the coming years.

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Do your homework before you plant a cover crop

From Delta Farm Press

Cover crops can provide Mid-South producers with weed suppression, improvements in soil health and erosion control. But University of Arkansas weed scientist Jason Norsworthy urges producers to do their homework before planting one. It’s critical to match your cover crop to region, soil type and crop mix among other factors.

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