Farm Press Blog http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/19467/feed en Pink bollworm and the champagne cork-popping chorus http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/pink-bollworm-and-champagne-cork-popping-chorus <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>If any Hollywood movie producers or wannabes are reading this column, read closely. You have the opportunity (and the advance notice) to capture and record one of the greatest feats in U.S. history underway before our eyes.</p> <p>For those outside of Hollywood, the western cotton industry from California eastward to West Texas, plus two states in northern Mexico, could soon bid a final adios to the pink bollworm insect which has robbed cotton growers of millions and millions of dollars in lost income.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/farm-press-blog">Farm Press Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/pink-bollworm-and-champagne-cork-popping-chorus" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/pink-bollworm-and-champagne-cork-popping-chorus#comments Farm Press Blog Tue, 08 Jul 2014 11:04:00 +0000 150401 at http://westernfarmpress.com Agriculture has opportunity to shape important debates http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/agriculture-has-opportunity-shape-important-debates <div class="node-body blog-body">California agriculture has golden opportunity to shape important debates.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/farm-press-blog">Farm Press Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/agriculture-has-opportunity-shape-important-debates" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/agriculture-has-opportunity-shape-important-debates#comments Miscellaneous Sustainable Agriculture Farm Press Blog Thu, 03 Jul 2014 16:28:00 +0000 150421 at http://westernfarmpress.com Will the Asian citrus psyllid be Gov. Brown's Medfly 2.0? http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/will-asian-citrus-psyllid-be-gov-browns-medfly-20 <div class="node-body blog-body">First the governor, now the California legislature opts to not spend more money on fight against the Asian citrus psyllid.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/farm-press-blog">Farm Press Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/will-asian-citrus-psyllid-be-gov-browns-medfly-20" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/will-asian-citrus-psyllid-be-gov-browns-medfly-20#comments Farm Press Blog Tue, 24 Jun 2014 13:15:00 +0000 150111 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>California citrus ripens in the sun.</p> Organic versus conventional divide not helping agriculture http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/organic-versus-conventional-divide-not-helping-agriculture <div class="node-body blog-body">Dividing agriculture between organic and conventional - big and small - does little good to promote utilitarian agricultural policy in the U.S.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/farm-press-blog">Farm Press Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/organic-versus-conventional-divide-not-helping-agriculture" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/organic-versus-conventional-divide-not-helping-agriculture#comments Government Groups & Organizations Farm Press Blog Mon, 23 Jun 2014 13:30:00 +0000 150031 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>American food production remains the envy of the world.</p> Will new House leader be good for California Ag? http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/will-new-house-leader-be-good-california-ag <div class="node-body blog-body">Will Rep. Kevin McCarthy's ascension to House Majority Leader post bode well for California agriculture given that he represents some of the richest growing regions in the world?</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/farm-press-blog">Farm Press Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/will-new-house-leader-be-good-california-ag" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/will-new-house-leader-be-good-california-ag#comments Government Election Farm Press Blog Thu, 19 Jun 2014 23:21:00 +0000 150061 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>US Capitol. Photo by Kevin McCoy [GFDL (<a href="http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html">http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html</a>) or CC-BY-SA-2.0 (<a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0">http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0</a>)], via Wikimedia Commons</p> Will hoverbike land in agriculture’s technology ‘toy chest’? http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/will-hoverbike-land-agriculture-s-technology-toy-chest <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>While it&rsquo;s only summertime, all I want for Christmas is the new Aero-X hoverbike. It&rsquo;s not too early to add this aerial hoverbike to my Christmas list for 2017 &ndash; the predicted delivery year.</p> <p>Co-worker Baker Patton at the <em>Farm Press</em> head office in Clarksdale, Miss. sent me a <a href="http://www.aerofex.com/">link</a> on the Aero-X. After surfing the website &ndash; and watching a real person flying the aircraft &ndash; my mouth is drooling. It&rsquo;s time to mop up the floor.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/farm-press-blog">Farm Press Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/will-hoverbike-land-agriculture-s-technology-toy-chest" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/will-hoverbike-land-agriculture-s-technology-toy-chest#comments Equipment Farm Press Blog Wed, 18 Jun 2014 23:17:00 +0000 150011 at http://westernfarmpress.com Could more dryland farming be in California's future? http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/could-more-dryland-farming-be-californias-future <div class="node-body blog-body">Could California farming's reliance on irrigation technologies and infrastructure be blamed for lower adoption rates of conservation tillage and dryland farming methods?</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/farm-press-blog">Farm Press Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/could-more-dryland-farming-be-californias-future" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/could-more-dryland-farming-be-californias-future#comments Irrigation Drought Farm Press Blog Wed, 18 Jun 2014 20:32:00 +0000 149991 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>No-till and strip-till conservation agronomy practices are more popular outside of California.</p> Is the almond cart currently ahead of the water wagon? http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/almond-cart-currently-ahead-water-wagon <div class="node-body blog-body">Water availability is the biggest kink in the almond supply chain in California</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/farm-press-blog">Farm Press Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/almond-cart-currently-ahead-water-wagon" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/almond-cart-currently-ahead-water-wagon#comments Irrigation Drought Farm Press Blog Wed, 11 Jun 2014 00:17:00 +0000 149801 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Loaded almond branch about three months ahead of harvest.</p> Summertime: Mayberry Café and the Land “O” Nod Motel http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/summertime-mayberry-caf-and-land-o-nod-motel <div class="node-body blog-body">The Mayberry Café and weekend celebration were a fitting tribute to the old Andy Griffith television program which featured ‘Sheriff Without a Gun’ Andy Griffith.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/farm-press-blog">Farm Press Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/summertime-mayberry-caf-and-land-o-nod-motel" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/summertime-mayberry-caf-and-land-o-nod-motel#comments Farm Press Blog Thu, 29 May 2014 01:36:00 +0000 149411 at http://westernfarmpress.com Crow and feet are a tough diet for Ag reporters http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/crow-and-feet-are-tough-diet-ag-reporters <div class="node-body blog-body">Crow and feet are a tough diet for Ag reporters... and hard to chew too</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/farm-press-blog">Farm Press Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/crow-and-feet-are-tough-diet-ag-reporters" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/crow-and-feet-are-tough-diet-ag-reporters#comments Markets Marketing and Promotion Farm Press Blog Tue, 20 May 2014 02:02:00 +0000 149191 at http://westernfarmpress.com The unintended consequences of do-gooders http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/unintended-consequences-do-gooders <div class="node-body blog-body">How the unintended consequences of environmental activists destroys the balance of nature.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/farm-press-blog">Farm Press Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/unintended-consequences-do-gooders" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/unintended-consequences-do-gooders#comments Miscellaneous Farm Press Blog Tue, 20 May 2014 01:08:00 +0000 149181 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Deer numbers continue to decline in California because voters elected to give the mountain lion ESA-like protections.</p> Are water wars and civil unrest next for California? http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/are-water-wars-and-civil-unrest-next-california <div class="node-body blog-body">Are water wars and civil unrest next for California?</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/farm-press-blog">Farm Press Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/are-water-wars-and-civil-unrest-next-california" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/are-water-wars-and-civil-unrest-next-california#comments Irrigation Regulations Farm Press Blog Mon, 19 May 2014 23:46:00 +0000 149161 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>The Friant-Kern Canal conveys water from Millerton Lake near Fresno, Calif.&nbsp;to users from Chowchilla to Bakersfield.</p> Mandatory GMO labeling issue blurs political party lines http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/mandatory-gmo-labeling-issue-blurs-political-party-lines <div class="node-body blog-body">State and federal proposals to mandate the labeling of food products containing genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) is a searing-hot issue today. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/farm-press-blog">Farm Press Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/mandatory-gmo-labeling-issue-blurs-political-party-lines" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/mandatory-gmo-labeling-issue-blurs-political-party-lines#comments Miscellaneous Farm Press Blog Fri, 16 May 2014 12:50:00 +0000 149081 at http://westernfarmpress.com Where would agriculture be without university research? http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/where-would-agriculture-be-without-university-research <div class="node-body blog-body">America's land grant colleges provide invaluable service to global consumers</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/farm-press-blog">Farm Press Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/where-would-agriculture-be-without-university-research" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/where-would-agriculture-be-without-university-research#comments Miscellaneous Sustainable Agriculture Farm Press Blog Tue, 13 May 2014 12:14:00 +0000 148931 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>One of California&#39;s first university-based research stations was the Citrus Experiment Station, which now sits on the campus of the University of California, Riverside.</p> California's regulated drought impacts aquifers http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/californias-regulated-drought-impacts-aquifers <div class="node-body blog-body">California's regulated drought drains aquifers statewide. Now the government wants to control those too.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/farm-press-blog">Farm Press Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/californias-regulated-drought-impacts-aquifers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/californias-regulated-drought-impacts-aquifers#comments Drought Farm Press Blog Thu, 08 May 2014 13:00:00 +0000 148811 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Surface water systems in California has helped agriculture for decades keep from over drafting underground aquifers. Laws, legal decisions and policies have steadily taken this water from agriculture, forcing an unhealthy reliance on groundwater supplies, which experts say are quickly dwindling.</p>