By Dwight Lingenfelter and William Curran, Penn State University
Before spraying your crop, consider these 10 pointers to help reduce particle spray drift. The importance of keeping crop protectant applications on target continues to be at the forefront of growers’ minds as well as people neighboring the farms.
The Class 4b formula, determining the minimum price paid to dairy farmers for milk used in cheese manufacturing, has been a divisive issue between California farmers and processors for years, and both legislative and administrative efforts to close the division have not been successful.
California's April Class 4a/4b milk prices followed the same trend as comparable federal order prices, with milk used for cheese and whey (4b) up slightly, while milk for butter/powder (4a) was slightly lower.
With a population of 1.3 billion and counting and a small agricultural area relative to its large population, China is repeatedly the hope for an export-led prosperity for grain and oilseed farmers in the major agricultural exporting nations. Early in the twentieth century, as the US was suffering from a long-period of low cotton prices, it was suggested that if every person in China were to lengthen the shirt they wear by just an inch, the US cotton surplus would disappear and cotton would once again be profitable. It did not happen and low prices continued to plague cotton-belt farmers.
Airbus Defense and Space and Simplot are launching a project to deliver Pléiades very high-resolution satellite imagery to Simplot customers. In the United States, Simplot will monitor fields distributed over several states during the growing season.
In his recent declaration of war on my farm and thousands like it, and yes, those were his words, The New York Times recipe-trader-in-chief and food columnist Mark Bittman contrasted the kind of “industrial” agriculture practiced in the U.S. with peasant agriculture in the rest of the world, and found the kind of farming we do wanting.