Cherry growers are raising labor and farm bill concerns with key state and federal officials during harvest. Head of the Cherry Marketing Institute Julie Gordon tells Brownfield a 12 percent increase in labor costs for growers using the H-2A seasonal guest worker program this... Read More.
The American Farm Bureau Federation is supporting a working group that will address one of the biggest issues facing the ag industry: labor. John Walt Boatright tells Brownfield farm country is at a critical juncture. “We continue to see a shrinking domestic workforce. We continue to... Read More.
Missouri’s Ag Director says extreme weather has caused a 70 percent decline for the state’s wine production this year. Chris Chinn says farmers have faced a perfect storm. “Late last year in December, we had a really cold spell, and the weather fluctuated... Read More.
Disease pressure hasn’t been much of a challenge for Michigan wheat growers. Michigan State University plant pathologist Marty Chilvers tells Brownfield the lack of rain has meant a mostly disease-free season. “Across the state, there’s going be little pockets of powdery mildew—that’s a disease... Read More.
Entomologist Dr. Emily Bick Photo: University of Wisconsin Emily Bick develops tools and strategies supporting precision management practices for insect pest control. She tells Brownfield microphones have long been used to study insects. “Oftentimes, these are above-ground kind of audio recordings. What... Read More.
A Southeast Nebraska farmer says his crops are in desperate need of moisture and could be showing signs of disease pressure. Nathan Dorn farms 30 minutes south of Lincoln and says he received about 2 inches of rain Thursday morning, but it’s not nearly... Read More.