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Peach Leaf Curl – It’s time!

Peach leaf curl, also known as leaf curl, is a disease caused by the fungus Taphrina deformans. Peach leaf curl affects the blossoms, fruit, leaves, and shoots of peaches, ornamental flowering peaches, and nectarines, and is one of the most common disease problems for Texas Peaches. The distorted, reddened foliage that it causes is easily seen … Continue reading “Peach Leaf Curl – It’s time!”

Have you considered lifestyle as a reason for organic consumption?

Typically, there are a few concepts that people feel strongly reflect the organic buying habits of consumers. Most agree that: women buy more organic foods; people in higher economic classes buy more organic foods; and higher educated people buy more organic foods. This is the reason that you will find more organic food stores or … Continue reading “Have you considered lifestyle as a reason for organic consumption?”

Upcoming Programs

Here are the dates of upcoming programs and most have some presentation that will include organic. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to call or email because things do change! December 7-9 – USA Rice Outlook Conference in Austin Tuesday, January 10 – Blackland Income Growth (BIG) in Waco at the BASE. Agriculture educational seminars, equipment … Continue reading “Upcoming Programs”

Transition to Organic Partnership Program (TOPP)

The Transition to Organic Partnership Program (TOPP) is investing up to $100 million over five years in cooperative agreements with non-profit organizations who will partner with others to provide technical assistance and wrap-around support for transitioning and existing organic farmers. Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) is building partnership networks in six regions across the United States … Continue reading “Transition to Organic Partnership Program (TOPP)”

Peanut Seedling Disease Trial

This peanut seedling disease trial was established to simply evaluate organic seed/soil treatments at plant for any sign that they might prevent a complex of seedling diseases that affect peanut seed germination.  Typically, a conventional grower has a chemical seed treatment to prevent disease, but organic growers have had very few options and so it … Continue reading “Peanut Seedling Disease Trial”

Urban Agriculture is Changing

Over the last few weeks, I have had the opportunity to be a part of conferences for “urban” audiences interested in urban agriculture in particular organic urban agriculture. There is a lot of interest in what agriculture really is, and terms like “natural,” “sustainable,” “regenerative,” and even “organic” can be confusing. Most consumers love labels … Continue reading “Urban Agriculture is Changing”

Cotton Varieties for Organic!

On the recent Organic Cotton and Peanut Tour in Seminole, Dr. Jane Dever presented an outstanding talk or “discussion” about developing cotton varieties for organic producers. Dr. Dever is the Cotton Breeder for Texas A&M AgriLife Research at Lubbock, and we depend on her work for new cotton varieties in this region. Dr. Dever talked … Continue reading “Cotton Varieties for Organic!”

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