The troubling aspect of a positive 2011 PDP report by the federal agencies overseeing food production and food safety in the U.S. is that there are certain environmental groups that will never be satisfied with any testing the agencies do....More
At the project’s core is discovering solutions for ever tightening and costly water supplies in the West and how cutting-edge technologies can help specialty crop growers produce more crop with less water.
The elimination of Fuller rose beetle eggs on Korea-bound Navel shipments could be the responsibility of the California citrus industry effective in 2014, says Jim Cranney, president of the California Citrus Quality Council, Auburn, Calif.
Whitefly adults are showing up on early melons; more so than last year. This is a bit surprising since several freeze events occurred this winter, particularly in the south Yuma Valley and the east county....More
Nitrogen use has been elevated to the No. 1 spot on the list of issues confronting California agriculture. A proactive educational approach has headed off an onslaught of legislation leading to new regulations or taxes....More
I now know of farmers who say they hardly ever open the laptop anymore, because they can conduct most of their farm business on their smartphones. There are many very creative apps for that and farmers are taking full advantage of them....More
Farmscrapers may be billed as futuristic towers, but that is an understatement — the stunning designs look like an agricultural version of Blade Runner, but the descriptions smell of pie-in-the-sky dreams....More
Could a robot honey bee actually pollinate an orchard or crop field? With a carbon fiber body and titanium wings, researchers say a mechanized honey bee is leading a microbot charge toward real world applications — agriculture included....More