Vegetables en High-tech answers sought for farm labor shortages <div class="node-body article-body">Labor issues remain a key concern of growers and food processors, according to Tom Nassif, president and chief executive officer for Western Growers Association, an agricultural trade association that represents about half of the nation’s fruit, vegetable and tree nut production in Arizona, California and Colorado. “Our labor supply is at a critical stage right now, as is our water supply,” Nassif said. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Orchard Crops Vegetables Thu, 21 Jul 2016 18:08:00 +0000 168721 at <p>Harold McClarty, left, Samuel Duda, center, and Tom Nassif discuss the challenges of agricultural labor shortages at the Forbes AgTech Summit in Salinas, Calif.</p> Monterey County crop value hits $4.8B on strong prices <div class="field-deck"> 29 different commodities saw stronger prices in 2015 </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Stronger commodity prices in some vegetables helped push the gross agricultural value in Monterey County, Calif. to a record $4.8 billion in 2015.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Vegetables Crops Thu, 30 Jun 2016 11:24:00 +0000 168231 at <p>Stronger prices for Cauliflower, coupled with increased acreage and slightly higher yields, pushed the gross value of the vegetable crop in Monterey County, Calif. to over $238 million in 2015.</p> Gallery: Who's Who at the Desert Ag Conference <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>The Annual Desert Ag Conference is a homecoming of sorts for Arizona pest control advisors, crop consultants, growers, and many others involved in desert agriculture in the Grand Canyon State.</p> <p>About 230 folks gathered for this year&#39;s event which covered a wide array of topics, including the slow and expensive route to bring a pesticide to market, discussed by research scientist Jesse Richardson of Dow AgroSciences.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Vegetables Pesticides Wed, 15 Jun 2016 20:51:00 +0000 167991 at 2010-2015: Impact of bagrada bug on desert cole crops <div class="field-byline"> By John Palumbo, University of Arizona research scientist </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>With the 2015-2016 winter produce season finally finished, now is a good time to reflect on pest issues last fall.</p> <p>The bagrada bug, <em>Bagrada hilaris</em>, first occurred on desert cole crops at damaging levels in Fall 2010 and has since been an established pest.</p> <p>In an attempt to document the severity of bagrada bug infestations on direct seeded and transplanted cole crops, and the intensity of chemical management, we have annually surveyed growers and pest control advisers from Yuma, Imperial, and Maricopa counties since 2010.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Vegetables Thu, 02 Jun 2016 00:31:00 +0000 167711 at Food safety panel: LGMA guidelines scientifically sound <div class="node-body article-body"><p>A panel of food safety experts conducting an independent review of the California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement&rsquo;s food safety <em>Guidelines</em> basically calls the current production practices scientifically sound, current, and in some cases more stringent than existing federal guidelines.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Vegetables Mon, 23 May 2016 22:27:00 +0000 167401 at BASF’s Varisto herbicide receives registration for select crops <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The Environmental Protection Agency recently registered BASF&rsquo;s Varisto herbicide for use in clover grown for seed, dry beans, dry peas, English peas, lima beans (succulent), snap beans and soybeans.</p> <p>This new herbicide helps maximize yield potential by delivering a wide spectrum of broadleaf and grass weed control.</p> <p>&ldquo;Varisto herbicide offers multiple sites of action for excellent weed control and resistance management in a convenient premix formulation with low crop response,&rdquo; said Christa Ellers-Kirk, BASF technical market manager.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Vegetables Mon, 23 May 2016 13:10:00 +0000 167361 at D’Arrigo Bros. Co. unveils solar power system in Salinas <div class="node-body article-body"><p>California fruit and vegetable leader D&rsquo;Arrigo Bros. Co., a grower, packer, and shipper, has a new 2.2 megawatt solar power system in Salinas installed by CalCom Solar.</p> <p>The solar system is the largest customer-owned net-metered solar power project&nbsp;in Monterey County.</p> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;ve always put our strong sustainability ethic into practice; harvesting the sun&rsquo;s power to generate electricity is consistent with our goals,&rdquo; said John D&rsquo;Arrigo, president, chief executive officer, and chairman of the D&rsquo;Arrigo Bros. board.&nbsp;</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Vegetables Fri, 06 May 2016 17:33:00 +0000 166971 at USDA: Yuma County primary natural disaster area <div class="field-deck"> Drought declaration </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>On May 4, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) designated Yuma County, Ariz. as a primary natural disaster area, due to damages and losses caused by drought.</p> <p>&ldquo;Our hearts go out to those Arizona farmers and ranchers affected by recent natural disasters,&rdquo; said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.</p> <p>Farmers and ranchers in Arizona&rsquo;s Maricopa and Pima counties also qualify for natural disaster assistance since the counties are contiguous with Yuma.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Vegetables Drought Citrus Cotton Wheat Wed, 04 May 2016 22:26:00 +0000 166941 at California food banks receive record donations in 2015 <div class="node-body blog-body">Last year the California Association of Food Banks’ (CAFB) Farm to Family program received a record 150 million pounds of donated produce from the state’s farmers and packers. That’s 75,000 tons of food that otherwise would have gone to waste because markets did not want it.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Orchard Crops Tree Nuts Vegetables Crops Farm Press Blog Wed, 20 Apr 2016 20:27:00 +0000 166651 at Activists claim pesticide residues are automatically bad <div class="field-deck"> Environmental Working Group cites strawberries as most toxic to human health </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>A &ldquo;Dirty Dozen&rdquo; list from the <a href="">Environmental Working Group</a> (EWG) paints strawberries as the most dangerous piece of produce to consume because of government tests that discovered various pesticide residues, most too low to warrant regulatory action.</p> <p>This comes after the same organization in 2014 encouraged people to eat strawberries because of the health benefits they contain.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Vegetables Tue, 12 Apr 2016 23:04:00 +0000 166461 at <p>An environmental group calls strawberries &quot;most contaminated&quot; product based on USDA studies of pesticide residues.</p>