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Archive | January, 2014

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Commercial Organic Grafted Tomato Production

Commercial organic tomato production is lucrative but challenging. Marketable fruit can bring a good price but yield is reduced by crop disease and insect pressure, drought and flooding, non-optimal nutrient supplies and other factors. Grafted tomato plants can be less susceptible to some of these stresses, particularly certain nematodes and soilborne diseases. There is also […]

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Pigs on Probiotics

Piglets fed probiotic Enterococcus faecium showed reduced numbers of potentially pathogenic Escherichia coli strains in their intestines, according to a team of German researchers. The research is important, because in 2006 the European Union prohibited the feeding of antibiotics to livestock as growth promoters. Therefore, the research team sought to investigate whether probiotics could substitute […]

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Heritage Orchard

The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) is currently creating a 10-acre heritage orchard in Unity to preserve and protect Maine’s traditional apples and pears. The orchard will include over 500 specimens from every county in the state. The varieties that will be included date back to a time when most Mainers lived on […]

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New Bale Unroller Design Proves Effective

John Wilhoit and Timothy Coolong from the University of Kentucky have introduced a new technology that can make the application of organic mulches more efficient. The team altered a conventional round-bale unroller and designed experiments to document its efficiency. “We modified an unroller so that the new design would be offset a sufficient distance for […]

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Blood Calcium in Dairy Cows

  The health of dairy cows after giving birth is a major factor in the quantity and quality of the milk the cows produce. Researchers at the University of Missouri have found that subclinical hypocalcemia, which is the condition of having low levels of calcium in the blood and occurs in many cows after giving […]

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Buffaloberry Potential

New research has uncovered an underutilized berry that could be the new super fruit, the buffaloberry. A new study in the Journal of Food Science, published by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), found that buffaloberries contain large amounts of lycopene and a related acidic compound, methyl-lycopenoate, which are important antioxidants and nutrients beneficial for […]