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Tomato Plastic Mulch and Shade Study Tomato plants were transplanted on 7 May 2012 into black (grower standard), white or reflective plastic mulch. Five different varieties of tomato were used: Mt Spring+, Celebrity, Mt Fresh+, Crista and Scarlet Red. When tomato plants began to develop fruit, a 30% shade cloth was randomly placed over 6-10 plants per row.
Virus Transmission by Striped Cucumber Beetle in Pumpkins Growers in the mid-Atlantic have been complaining about early season (late June early July) virus infections of their cucurbit crops, most notably pumpkins, squash and cucumbers and much less in watermelon and cantaloupe.
High Beef Prices Ag Marketing - News Update Retail beef prices are at a 20 year high.  I have been asked why?  Why is beef so high? The reasons:
The Customer is Still King Ag Marketing News Update
Abomasal Bloat Abomasal bloat (tympany) is a common health problem affecting artificially-reared lambs and kids, especially hand-fed ones. Some farms have experienced death losses as high as 25 to 30 percent [3]. On other farms, it is a sporadic disease. While the mechanism... more>>
Organic Weed Control in No-Till Vegetable Systems Organic vegetable growers have a hard time managing weeds, as there are no reliable Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) chemicals for controlling grass or broad leaf weeds. Most of the time growers depend on tillage for weed control, but excess tillage can lead to destruction of soil structure and the loss of carbon from the soil.
In defense of on-farm slaughter: Legalities and discussion With the exception of dairy products, red meat is probably the most regulated food in America. In the United States, there are four levels of meat inspection: federal (USDA), state, custom-exempt, and personal exemption (on-farm slaughter).
Ration Balancing Software for Sheep & Goats Feed is the single largest cost associated with raising small ruminants. Sheep and goat producers should balance (or evaluate) feed rations to make sure they are meeting the nutritional requirements of their animals. Ration balancing can ensure optimal animal performance, prevent nutritional problems, and manage feed costs.
Wildlife Management: Bobwhite Quail Wildlife management has made significant advances in understanding the habitat needs of the Bobwhite Quail. This fact sheet presents information related to efficient quail management for sportsmen and for property owners.
Slowing Dewormer Resistance Dewormer resistance is inevitable, but the rate at which it develops is not.
Simplifying Solar: Homeowner Primer to Residential Solar Installation Across the United States and much of the world solar energy generation is growing. Concerns about environmental impact, energy independence, and improvements in solar technology all play a part in this growth. Additionally, state and federal incentives increase the economic viability of solar energy.
Diatomaceous Earth (DE) Is it an effective natural anthelmintic for sheep and goats?  A review of the scientific literature
Check Your Marketing Map   Ag Marketing News Update
Avoid Speaking "Farmese" to Consumers Ag Marketing News Update
Comparing Feed Costs   It is getting increasingly expensive to feed sheep, goats, and other livestock. Even if you grow your own feed, there can be significant costs, including opportunity costs (selling the feed vs. feeding it). All producers should know how to compare feed costs and balance least-cost rations for their animals.
Hydroponic Fodder — Is it a viable option for feeding sheep, goats and other livestock?   Although the methods of hydroponic fodder production date back to the 1930's, there is renewed interest in hydroponic fodder as a feedstuff for sheep, goats, and other livestock. Hydroponics is a ...  more ››              
What's Your Sign?   Ag Marketing News Update   Today with websites, blogs, Twitter, Facebook, and email to promote their products and services, does a business owner still need to invest in a sign?  Absolutely!
Define Your Markets First   Ag Marketing News Update
Is the Price Right?   Ag Marketing News Update  
Direct Marketing Feeds "Buy Local" Ag Marketing News Update  
Selling a Service   Ad Marketing News Update  
When Advertising is a Waste of Resources   Ag Marketing News Update Beware of “pouring money down the advertising hole!” Tailor your advertising and promotions to your current and prospective customers. Evaluate the results so you don’t keep spending money on ads or promotional campaigns that aren’t working.
Licenses and Regulation Updates for Farmers Marketing Value-Added Products Directly to Consumers   Ag Marketing News Update   While some farmers now market their valued-added products year round, for many, late spring signals the start of the new market season in earnest.  With so many more value-added products showing up at markets now, it’s good to get the necessary paperwork and required licenses before opening day. 

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