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OHP Relaunches Terraclor 400 Fungicide
OHP, Inc. announced the relaunch of Terraclor 400 ornamental fungicide for users in greenhouses, nurseries and shadehouses. In addition, Terraclor 400 may be used on landscape and field-grown ornamentals. The economical liquid fungicide is widely used for control of tough diseases. Read More

Extend the Growing Season with SARE Resources
With consumer interest in locally grown foods steadily increasing, vegetable farmers are discovering they can add an important income stream through high tunnels—a cost-effective means to extend production and sales into the traditional off-season. One Maryland farmer started using a high tunnel to raise spinach and tomatoes from early spring through late fall. Read More

FDA Grants Extension for FSMA Comment Period
In response to a request by United Fresh and other industry groups to extend the comment period for the FSMA proposed rules, FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg announced that the FDA intends to extend the comment period by another 120 days. The comment period was originally set to end May 16. Read More

Gorny to Join PMA's Science and Technology Team
PMA is pleased to welcome Dr. Jim Gorny in the new position of vice president of food safety and technology, starting on May 1. In his role, he will strengthen PMA's initiatives to build member value in the areas of science and technology, including food safety research, biotechnology, agricultural innovations, process and packaging technology, and environmental sustainability. Read More

Foliar Testing and Fertigation Being Evaluated
With funding from the farmer-driven Northern New York Agricultural Development Program, Cornell University researchers are evaluating two methods to enhance fresh-market vegetable production in Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties. One method involves testing for nutrient levels throughout the growing season; the other is fertigation. Read More

Persistent Drought Threatens New Mexico Chiles
The worst-ever Rio Grande drought is posing plenty of challenges this season for chile growers in New Mexico. One of the challenges relates to groundwater being applied to crops in the absence of river water. The groundwater is saltier and can stunt plants and reduce yield. Read More

Broccoli Could Help Fight Age-Related Eye Problems
A new North Carolina State University study under way at the Plants for Human Health Institute at the North Carolina Research Campus is focused on enhanced levels of lutein in broccoli. Lutein, an antioxidant, is also found in leafy greens such as kale and spinach. Lutein is associated with lowering risks for cataracts and age-related macular degeneration. Read More

Hawaii Invests in Papaya Biofuel Project
At a special open house event at the USDA Pacific Basin Agricultural Research Center, Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie recently presented a $200,000 check from the state Department of Agriculture that will go toward the Hilo center's zero-waste biofuel and high-protein feed program. Read More

Late Season Expected to Bring Strawberry Bounty
While cooler spring temperatures have the North Carolina strawberry season starting later than usual, growers across the state are seeing lots of blooms and ripening berries, indicating a bountiful crop. According to the NCSA, a number of days in March with temperatures below 50 degrees pushed back the beginning of the season by about 10 days. Read More

Michigan Blueberry Crop Rebounds
"Everyone is expecting a better crop this year," said Carlos Garcia Salazar, a small-fruit agent for the Michigan State University Extension's West Central Region. The area's fruit crop faced severe consequences last year when an early warm-up occurred, causing the plant maturation process to accelerate. A series of cold snaps then caused damage to many of the crops. Read More

Florida Battling Giant, Crop-Eating Snails
Florida officials say they are worried about an invasion of giant African land snails, which are devouring agricultural crops and can carry disease. Miami-Dade County officials estimate they have captured more than 120,000 of the snails since the Florida Department of Agriculture first discovered the current outbreak 18 months ago. Read More

Reduction Expected in Vidalia Onion Crop
The Vidalia region has already seen an unexpectedly slow start to harvest, resulting from above-average rainfall and unseasonably cold weather as late as Easter weekend. Now, growers have uncovered another issue with their 2013 crop. Seed stems, also referred to as "bolters," "flower stalks" or "seeders," are showing up throughout the Vidalia onion production district in disturbing numbers. Read More


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