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  • Oh deer! Deer damage and what farmers can do about it

    By John Moody

    Published May 21, 2018 

    It is that time of year again, at least in my parts... For certain vegetable crops - sweet potatoes, certain greens and the like - deer damage can be catastrophic. A pack of deer can graze down a tenth of an acre of sweet potatoes in just a night or two (Don’t ask me how I know…)... We put in rows of sweet potatoes whose sole purpose was to act as a sacrifice patch for any deer that made it over the fencing... Any sweet potatoes that do make it will then become food for our pigs, who will be rotated through the patch in the fall...

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    Beauveria Bassiana Products Bed Bugs Control

    By Darren Chan

    Published Oct 15, 2019 

    Beauveria Bassiana fungus is a fungus that grows naturally in soils around the world. Acting as a parasite on various arthropod species, causing white muscardine disease; It widely used as a sprayed biological insecticide to control a great many pests such as bed bugs, termites, thrips, whiteflies, aphids, and different beetles. Once Beauveria Bassiana infects the host insects, the fungus grows fast inside of the insect’s body... Main Features(1) Wide SpectrumBeauveria Bassiana can parasitize more than 700 species of insects and mites of 15 orders and 149 families, such as Lepidoptera, Hymenoptera, Homoptera, with wings mesh and Orthoptera, such as adult, corn borer, moth, soybean sorghum budworm, weevil, potato beetle, small tea green leafhoppers, rice shell pest rice planthopper and rice leafhopper,, mole, grubs, wireworm, cutworms, garlic, leek, maggot maggots variety of underground and ground, etc... It is currently used in the production of wheat, corn, peanuts, soybeans, potatoes, sweet potatoes, green Chinese onions, garlic, leeks, eggplant, peppers, tomatoes, watermelons, cucumbers, etc...

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    Dealing with Wild Weather

    By John Moody

    Published Jun 12, 2018 

    For much of the country, it has been a wild spring. For some, it has been a no spring. In my area we had an unseasonably long, late winter. Snow fell in the 3rd week of April... For instance, a fair bit of our bed space that was set aside for field lettuces, carrots, and similar crops is instead going into sweet potatoes, melons, or other warm season options...

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    Three legal and legislative items to keep an eye on

    By John Moody

    Published Jun 25, 2018 

    What a week! Summer is in full swing after no spring in these parts. But the growing season isn’t what has taken center stage of late. A number of major legal and political changes are happening or may happen that are going to impact the food and ag sector of the economy... Between FSMA, FSIS, USDA, FDA, labeling, cottage food laws, and a dozen other or more sets of regulations and requirements, it is a veritable gauntlet trying to sell someone something as simple as a steak or sweet potato... Past presidents have wanted to consolidate and streamline food regulation and safety int a single agency, but this is one hot political potato, with billions of dollars and all sorts of issues at stake...

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    Field Trials - an often neglected but important tool for growers

    By John Moody

    Published May 29, 2018 

    How do you decide what to grow? Well, as I have explored in a few articles, there are many pieces of that puzzle to consider. You have to figure out what will be profitable... Two varieties of potatoes, grown side by side in the field, but completely different yields at harvest... ? During this stage, you should also be asking questions like - Would particular tools, techniques or infrastructure make this process easier and more profitable? If I scale up this crop, what infrastructure or issues may it create or changes will it require? For instance, a farmer friend decided to dramatically increase their sweet potato production. The growing side was fantastically well… but this success created a problem come harvest - the space that was normally set aside for other purposes was now needed for sweet potato curing...

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    Profit per what? Ways to think about and measure fruit and vegetable profits

    By John Moody

    Published May 9, 2018 

    Profit... For instance, let’s compare potatoes and sweet potatoes... But sweet potatoes require post harvest curing, a process that requires a specialized space or facility. This task creates added labor and other expenses that standard potatoes don’t. If your sweet potatoes only command a small premium over potatoes, they may end up being less profitable because of the added labor and other expenses involved with getting them to market...

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    Michelle Grainger United States, NC, Benson

    Business Title: NC SweetPotato Commission
    Job Title: Executive Director
    Interests: Vegetables, Ag Policy, Marketing, Agribusiness, Organic Row Crops, Precision Agriculture, Corn, Cotton, Peanuts, Soybeans, Wheat, Rice, Canola, Sorghum, Beef, Dairy, Poultry, Swine, Cover Crops, Irrigation, Timber, Tobacco, Industrial Hemp

    CoCo Daughtry United States, NC, Benson

    Business Title: NC SweetPotato Commission
    Job Title: Other Ag Professional, Commmunications Specialist
    Interests: Marketing

    Michelle Grainger United States, NC, Benson

    Business Title: NC SweetPotato Commission
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    1-Methylcyclopropene(1-MCP) Apples Fresh-Keeping Agent

    By Darren Chan

    Updated Jun 17 

    1-MCP is a product widely used in apples around the world to improve eating quality and storability. Ripening of the fruit is initiated by ethylene, and in some cases this is also true. To a certain extent, the ripening process's speed is regulated by its concentration in the fruit. Fruits generally soften, and apples soften more rapidly when the ethylene content is high, but ethylene is also volatile in the fruit needed to stimulate the formation of flavor-producing substances... Vegetables: tomatoes, lettuce, celery, kale, potatoes, carrots, daylily, onions, toon, beans, broad beans, peas, broccoli, asparagus, coriander, cucumber, onions, leeks, garlic sprouts, (green, red) peppers, North Korea Thistle, cowpea, sweet corn, enoki mushroom, etc...

    Categories: Agribusiness, Crop Protection, Sustainable Agriculture

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  • Michelle Grainger United States, NC, Benson

    Business Title: NC SweetPotato Commission
    Job Title: Executive Director
    Interests: Vegetables, Ag Policy, Marketing, Agribusiness, Organic Row Crops, Precision Agriculture, Corn, Cotton, Peanuts, Soybeans, Wheat, Rice, Canola, Sorghum, Beef, Dairy, Poultry, Swine, Cover Crops, Irrigation, Timber, Tobacco, Industrial Hemp

    CoCo Daughtry United States, NC, Benson

    Business Title: NC SweetPotato Commission
    Job Title: Other Ag Professional, Commmunications Specialist
    Interests: Marketing

    Michelle Grainger United States, NC, Benson

    Business Title: NC SweetPotato Commission
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    Bud Luton United States, Oregon, Sweet Home

    Interests: Cover Crops, Irrigation, Marketing

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  • Oh deer! Deer damage and what farmers can do about it

    By John Moody

    Published May 21, 2018 

    It is that time of year again, at least in my parts... For certain vegetable crops - sweet potatoes, certain greens and the like - deer damage can be catastrophic. A pack of deer can graze down a tenth of an acre of sweet potatoes in just a night or two (Don’t ask me how I know…)... We put in rows of sweet potatoes whose sole purpose was to act as a sacrifice patch for any deer that made it over the fencing... Any sweet potatoes that do make it will then become food for our pigs, who will be rotated through the patch in the fall...

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    Beauveria Bassiana Products Bed Bugs Control

    By Darren Chan

    Published Oct 15, 2019 

    Beauveria Bassiana fungus is a fungus that grows naturally in soils around the world. Acting as a parasite on various arthropod species, causing white muscardine disease; It widely used as a sprayed biological insecticide to control a great many pests such as bed bugs, termites, thrips, whiteflies, aphids, and different beetles. Once Beauveria Bassiana infects the host insects, the fungus grows fast inside of the insect’s body... Main Features(1) Wide SpectrumBeauveria Bassiana can parasitize more than 700 species of insects and mites of 15 orders and 149 families, such as Lepidoptera, Hymenoptera, Homoptera, with wings mesh and Orthoptera, such as adult, corn borer, moth, soybean sorghum budworm, weevil, potato beetle, small tea green leafhoppers, rice shell pest rice planthopper and rice leafhopper,, mole, grubs, wireworm, cutworms, garlic, leek, maggot maggots variety of underground and ground, etc... It is currently used in the production of wheat, corn, peanuts, soybeans, potatoes, sweet potatoes, green Chinese onions, garlic, leeks, eggplant, peppers, tomatoes, watermelons, cucumbers, etc...

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    Dealing with Wild Weather

    By John Moody

    Published Jun 12, 2018 

    For much of the country, it has been a wild spring. For some, it has been a no spring. In my area we had an unseasonably long, late winter. Snow fell in the 3rd week of April... For instance, a fair bit of our bed space that was set aside for field lettuces, carrots, and similar crops is instead going into sweet potatoes, melons, or other warm season options...

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    Three legal and legislative items to keep an eye on

    By John Moody

    Published Jun 25, 2018 

    What a week! Summer is in full swing after no spring in these parts. But the growing season isn’t what has taken center stage of late. A number of major legal and political changes are happening or may happen that are going to impact the food and ag sector of the economy... Between FSMA, FSIS, USDA, FDA, labeling, cottage food laws, and a dozen other or more sets of regulations and requirements, it is a veritable gauntlet trying to sell someone something as simple as a steak or sweet potato... Past presidents have wanted to consolidate and streamline food regulation and safety int a single agency, but this is one hot political potato, with billions of dollars and all sorts of issues at stake...

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    Field Trials - an often neglected but important tool for growers

    By John Moody

    Published May 29, 2018 

    How do you decide what to grow? Well, as I have explored in a few articles, there are many pieces of that puzzle to consider. You have to figure out what will be profitable... Two varieties of potatoes, grown side by side in the field, but completely different yields at harvest... ? During this stage, you should also be asking questions like - Would particular tools, techniques or infrastructure make this process easier and more profitable? If I scale up this crop, what infrastructure or issues may it create or changes will it require? For instance, a farmer friend decided to dramatically increase their sweet potato production. The growing side was fantastically well… but this success created a problem come harvest - the space that was normally set aside for other purposes was now needed for sweet potato curing...

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    Profit per what? Ways to think about and measure fruit and vegetable profits

    By John Moody

    Published May 9, 2018 

    Profit... For instance, let’s compare potatoes and sweet potatoes... But sweet potatoes require post harvest curing, a process that requires a specialized space or facility. This task creates added labor and other expenses that standard potatoes don’t. If your sweet potatoes only command a small premium over potatoes, they may end up being less profitable because of the added labor and other expenses involved with getting them to market...

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    1-Methylcyclopropene(1-MCP) Apples Fresh-Keeping Agent

    By Darren Chan

    Updated Jun 17 

    1-MCP is a product widely used in apples around the world to improve eating quality and storability. Ripening of the fruit is initiated by ethylene, and in some cases this is also true. To a certain extent, the ripening process's speed is regulated by its concentration in the fruit. Fruits generally soften, and apples soften more rapidly when the ethylene content is high, but ethylene is also volatile in the fruit needed to stimulate the formation of flavor-producing substances... Vegetables: tomatoes, lettuce, celery, kale, potatoes, carrots, daylily, onions, toon, beans, broad beans, peas, broccoli, asparagus, coriander, cucumber, onions, leeks, garlic sprouts, (green, red) peppers, North Korea Thistle, cowpea, sweet corn, enoki mushroom, etc...

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    Welcome to Some Small Farm

    By John Moody

    Published Apr 3, 2018 

    Few of my family and friends would have ever expected me to become a farmer. I was that city kid, happy to play video games, hide from the sun, and grow my collection of Lego's and other toys far more than any interest in growing things like food. Life takes you surprising places, though, and 20 years later I found myself on 30+ acres of land, farming my family of seven and enjoying a country life that I never expected to find... Like the syrup we hope to sell, it is a sweet situation... Early potatoes will give way to peppers, tomatoes, or cucumbers...

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    Sweet Grass Dairy in Ohio, all photos provided by Jacob Coleman

    A Tale of Two Dairies - Sweet Grass Dairy

    By John Moody

    Published Jul 4, 2018 

    There is a stretch of interstate that runs crooked across the center of the US Midwest, connecting the rust belt region of northeast Ohio to the lands just beyond the Appalachia in central Kentucky. I-71. It is a road I know well, having traversed it as many as a dozen times or more per year doing my master’s work that took me from northeast Ohio to central KY for school... One is Sweet Grass Dairy, just a stones throws off the interstate... Our next few articles will explore Sweetgrass Dairy and the young family - Jacob and Elizabeth Coleman and their five kids - that are trying to keep the dairy dream alive...

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    The Future of Fruit Farming: MD2 Pineapple

    By Jenny Hoo

    Published Sep 13, 2019 

    Pineapple pineapple cultivation Of late, the talk of the town seems to be revolving around the planting of MD2 pineapple. The questions is, why is this MD2 pineapple so popular?Pineapple is known to contain highest amount of vitamin C among all various types of fruits. It also contains a fair amount of magnesium, calcium, potassium and iron and develops a bromelin, of which is a type of enzyme... Originated from the Philippines, the pineapple was then introduced into Malaysia and it was discovered that the land in Malaysia is very suitable for the planting of MD2 pineapple, hence producing higher quality and sweeter pineapple... my/1982/1/The_MD2_(Super_Sweet)_pineapple_(Ananas_comosus)...

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    Oct 12, 2020 

    https://www.farmprogress.com/vegetables/sweet-potato-treatment-reduces-loss-necrosis

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    Posted By Vegetable Production
    Oct 31, 2019 

    https://www.farmprogress.com/vegetables/cultural-practices-vital-battling-sweet-potato-fungal-diseases

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    Posted By Vegetable Production
    Apr 22, 2019 

    https://www.growingproduce.com/vegetables/sweet-potatoes-and-spinach-lead-list-of-most-acreage-increases-2017-census-of-agriculture/

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    Posted By Pee Dee Crop Producer Reports
    Jan 17, 2019 

    http://newsstand.clemson.edu/mediarelations/clemson-officials-increase-areas-of-sweet-potato-weevil-and-benghal-dayflower-quarantines/

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    Posted By Vegetable Production
    Oct 30, 2018 

    https://www.thepacker.com/article/sweet-potato-quarantines-seek-contain-nematode

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    Posted By Vegetable Production
    Oct 25, 2018 

    https://www.growingproduce.com/vegetables/north-carolina-sweet-potato-harvest-down-sharply/

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    Posted By Pee Dee Crop Producer Reports
    Jul 30, 2018 

    http://newsstand.clemson.edu/mediarelations/three-more-s-c-counties-infested-with-sweet-potato-weevil/

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    Posted By John Moody
    May 9, 2018 

    https://agfuse.com/article/profit-per-ways-to-think-about-measure-and-factors-that-impact-fruit-and-vegetable-profits
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    Posted By John Moody
    May 21, 2018 

    https://agfuse.com/article/oh-deer-deer-damage-and-what-farmers-can-do-about-it
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    Posted By Vegetable Production
    May 9, 2018 

    https://agfuse.com/article/profit-per-ways-to-think-about-measure-and-factors-that-impact-fruit-and-vegetable-profits
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