Mark Christopher Watte, a proud and dedicated California farmer, plus state and national farm leader who stood tall for the industry on drought and other issues, passed away June 17, 2016 after a bout with cancer.
Watte operated his family farm called George Watte & Sons (George was Mark’s father). Mark grew cotton, alfalfa, triticale and corn for silage, black-eyed peas, pistachios, plus operated a 1,000 Jersey-cow dairy at Tulare....More
Surface irrigation sometimes gets a bad rap, and a representative of a pioneering Australian-based company out to automate gravity fed systems pointed this out at a rare presentation on improving efficiency of various forms of flood irrigation.
“The irrigation industry in general, with the exception of the people in this room, if you tell them you want to maximize efficiency with drip irrigation, they’ll put you on their shoulders and throw money at you,” said Alan Jackson, area manager for Rubicon Water....More
The Environmental Protection Agency has registered BASF’s Varisto herbicide for use in clover grown for seed, dry beans, dry peas, English peas, lima beans (succulent), snap beans, and soybeans.
BASF says this new herbicide helps maximize yield potential by delivering a wide spectrum of broadleaf and grass weed control....More
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.
“Our hearts go out to those Arizona farmers and ranchers affected by recent natural disasters,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack.
Farmers and ranchers in Arizona’s Maricopa and Pima counties also qualify for natural disaster assistance since the counties are contiguous with Yuma....More
Thanks to precision agriculture and advancements in equipment and computing technology, America’s farmers are building a treasure trove of production information that will help fuel future innovation.
A new organization, the Agricultural Data Coalition (ADC), plans to help farmers better control, manage, and maximize the value of their data....More
The California rice industry is pleased as punch with the rainfall this past fall, winter, and the ‘Miracle March’ in the Sacramento Valley where the majority of the state’s crop is grown.
The rice industry is glowing over the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s decision this spring to provide a 100 percent surface water allocation for agriculture to the area....More
Peter Ellsworth, integrated pest management (IPM) specialist with the University of Arizona, and Steven Naranjo of the USDA-Agricultural Research Service, have studied whiteflies for more than 20 years.
They know all too well the damage whiteflies can do to a field of open cotton, and the physical and economic damage sticky cotton can consequently cause to a textile operation if not detected....More
El Niño-related rain and snow falls last fall, winter, and early this spring have been on the sporadic side. Yet we should be (and are) thankful for the fallen moisture from the heavens. The Pacific Ocean-based warmer water phenomenon tossed more than a couple of buckets of rain and snow at California and Arizona – both facing severe drought....More
Utilizing a variety of financial tools and estate planning techniques, a family may significantly mitigate the estate tax and minimize transfer costs.
Q: Should we establish an LLC for our family farming business?...More
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) on Dec. 23 designated 12 counties in California as primary natural disaster areas, tied to damages and losses caused by a drought from Jan. 2 of this year to the present.
The counties include Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Marin, San Benito, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Sonoma, Trinity, Tulare, and Ventura....More
A group of farmers, ranchers, and industry professionals have selected the winners of the 2016 World Ag Expo Top-10 New Products competition.
The winners will be showcased Feb. 9-11 during the 49th annual World Ag Expo in Tulare, Calif.
The winning companies and products include:...More
FMC Agricultural Solutions has announced the release of Preemptor SC fungicide which provides corn, soybean and wheat growers with full-season fungicidal benefits in as little as just one early application.
“Applying a fungicide early gives corn and soybean growers more application options, providing greater flexibility with application timing and rates,” said Adam Prestegord, FMC Agricultural Solutions North America product manager....More