Stretching across southern New Mexico to the Gulf Coast of Texas, pecan growers are reporting that rains over the last two weeks have improved prospect for a good nut crop this year. Optimism runs high that demand for quality pecans will boost holiday sales and producer profits.
Concerns of a wet crop are at the forefront for many, so Southwest Farm Press turned to peanut specialists Jason Woodward at Texas A&M and Todd Baughman at Oklahoma State University to provide sound advice on how to best address problems associated with a wet crop.
According to a recent USDA-Economic Research Agency report, producer participation in local food systems is growing and the value of local food sales, defined as the sale of food for human consumption through both direct-to-consumer and intermediated marketing channels, appears to be increasing.
In the U.S., HLB was first discovered in August 2005 in South Florida and currently is endemic in multiple states from the U.S. East Coast to the West Coast, including the three largest citrus-growing states, Florida, Texas and most recently California
USDA's announcement this week is part of a USDA-wide effort supporting President Obama's commitment to strengthening local and regional food systems and come in the form of more than $113 million in awards of program grants through research, agricultural extension activities, and programs to increase demand and address the needs of America's specialty crop industry.
Since the sunflower is native only to North America, researchers have been searching for wild sunflower species in remote areas in an effort to collect germplasm that would help broaden the crop’s genetic base.