Planning for pest control

2019-02-11T16:39:27-05:00February 11, 2019|Grower West|

by Courtney Llewellyn

Planting time will soon be upon many farmers across the northwestern United States, if it isn’t already. Every growing season there are countless things to consider – when to plant which seeds, where to plant, finding reliable sources of water and fertilizer, dealing with whatever weather nature decides to bring upon us – and, as always, pest control.

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Researchers focus on integrated pest management

2019-02-11T15:49:04-05:00February 11, 2019|Grower West|

by Aliya Hall

As a child growing up in Baltimore, MD, Gail Langellotto was always interested in science. When she took a part-time job in undergrad with an entomologist, her love for insects was sparked. She liked that insects offered her an opportunity to study science outside, and due to popular demand, she began to study insect pests.

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Made in the USA: Hybrid tomato seeds for organic growers

2019-02-12T11:50:20-05:00February 11, 2019|Grower, Grower East, Grower Midwest, Grower West|

by Tamara Scully

Hybrid seeds, the result of crossing two different species in the same genus, or different varieties of the same species, are common in farming. Hybridization provides some distinct advantages, combining desirable traits from each parent plant together, such as disease resistance, early or late harvest times, easier harvesting, bigger fruits or better flavors. With hybridization, the first generation offspring is stable and uniform, and genetically identical.

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Grower Guidelines: Back to the Basics – Understanding Soil pH

2019-02-11T15:24:58-05:00February 11, 2019|Grower, Grower East, Grower Midwest, Grower West|

I can’t think of a more important topic for growers to know about than how soil pH affects plant growth and development. What is soil pH? If you remember back to your high school chemistry days, pH stands for parts hydrogen. Hydrogen ions exist in the soil and are there as a result of plant decomposition, causing the soil to be acidic, as in the eastern U.S. In the Midwest, the soil is made up of decomposing limestone, or calcium carbonate, causing the soil to be basic or alkaline.

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