Plant health, production, and products

When Do Cover Crops Pay? New SARE Report Addresses the Question

Farmers around the country are planting cover crops on millions of acres to protect and improve the soil, and the more that farmers use cover crops, the more they value this conservation practice.

Cycad Seeding Connections between Guam and the United States

Sometimes the fruit of decades of research manifests in unintended, but delightful, ways. Thomas Marler has been studying Guam’s native cycad since the 1990s, long before it was subjected to the threats of non-native specialist insect pests.

New Ornamental Blueberries Bred for Home Landscapes

University of Georgia plant breeder Scott NeSmith has created blueberry varieties for the commercial market.

'Sneezing' Plants Contribute to Disease Proliferation

Virginia Tech researchers discovered that wheat plants "sneezing" off condensation could vastly affect the spread of spore-borne diseases, such as wheat leaf rust.

Crop Signaling for Automated Weed/Crop Differentiation and Mechanized Weed Control in Vegetable Crops

Hand-weeding is an expensive component in vegetable weed management, but labor availability and costs are critically important factors for growers to remain profitable.

Experiment Station Researchers Develop Online Kiwiberry Production Guide for the Northeast

Prospective kiwiberry growers in the Northeast now have a roadmap to help them grow this emerging specialty fruit crop. Researchers with the New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) have produced an online guide that provides in-depth, regionally relevant information.

Florida Tomatoes and Food Safety

Tomatoes are a highly nutritious source of minerals, vitamins, and phytonutrients. For the nation to realize the associated benefits, it is important that consumer confidence in the microbial safety of tomatoes remain at a high level.

AgriLife Research Looks at Gene Expressions in Sugarcane Aphid-Resistant Sorghum

Researchers found that seedling sorghum expressed significantly more genes involved in natural plant resistance to pests than older sorghum.

Wild Wheat Relative Genes to Aid in Battle Against Trio of Pests

A team of Texas A&M Agrilife Research scientists is going high tech to fight Wheat curl mite.

Agriculture Thrives in Virginia

The network Agricultural Research and Extension Centers around Virginia help the Commonwealth’s number one industry — agriculture — thrive.