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Agricultural

Is 2017 Looking Like a Bumper Year for Pecans?

In mid-July the first estimates of the size of the 2017/18 crop were released, and if those numbers hold true, the U.S. will produce an estimated 270 to 280 million pounds of pecans, most of which will be from the Southwest region.   Read more

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Biotechnology

Biocontrols: The South African Fruit Growers’ Perspective

“Biocontrols don’t work.” That’s the excuse Richard Hutton-Squire, Technical Director of Hutton-Squire Farms PTY, Ltd, said he has heard from many growers who choose not to use biocontrols. Hutton-Squire was part of a roundtable discussion in the concluding session of the inaugural Biocontrols Africa 2017 Conference and Expo in Cape Town.  […]

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13 Facts about ‘Organic’ Foods that Will Shock You

A new report on how the U.S. Department of Agriculture actually markets the organic label without any standard of certification, doesn’t do any field-testing and, through its bureaucracy grew exponentially during the Obama administration, is driving up imports from China, Turkey and other countries with disastrous safety records.   Read more

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Precision Agriculture

Why Your Face Will Soon Be the Key to All Your Devices

It was a memorable moment in Pixar’s 2004 classic “The Incredibles,” one that seemed wildly futuristic at the time: Mr. Incredible picks up a wafer-thin tablet computer, and it scans his face to verify his identity before divulging his secret mission. Thirteen years later, many slim phones and tablets unlock[…]

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