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Brendon Rockey

Tractor Time Episode 17: Brendon Rockey, Potato Farmer and Speaker on Biodiversity

This episode’s guest is Brendon Rockey, a third-generation Colorado potato farmer. He talks to us about how he manages his farm and his potatoes a little differently than the rest of the world.

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Diatomaceous Earth for Pest Control

There is an ongoing circulation of bad, misinformed, incomplete, and overall biased information regarding diatomaceous earth. This article is intended to bring to light much of the research (peer-reviewed articles and government regulation) surrounding DE and the potential dangers of its contents in a way that people can understand. Many of the websites that list […]

cabbages at Tobacco Road Farm

No-Till Growing: Vegetable Production

To limit soil damage, reduced tillage was steadily adopted over the years. This took the form of permanent bedding and wheel tracks with chisel plowing and very shallow rototilling of the bed surface. We then moved into prepping the beds’ surface with harrows only: disc, spring-tooth and rod weeders, combined with a roller.

Preventing Deer Damage, $14.95

Book of the Week: Preventing Deer Damage, by Robert G. Juhre

Fences are good for defense, but do it early. If fencing is to be part of your strategy to protect a new project, do it before you plant that orchard or till that vegetable garden.

the year two spring rye crop — note how few weeds are present. This rye grew well during the spring and early summer,
and was ready for harvest in mid-July. At right shows the rye straw after the grain was combined. Yields were about 35 bushels/
acre of rye seed the first year and 4 bales of straw/acre. This year, the yield was 52 bushels/acre of rye seed and 8 bales of straw/acre.

Transitioning to Organic: Strategies for Success

With conventional prices for corn, beans, wheat and dairy really low right now and both prices and demand for organic products high, a lot of growers are thinking about transitioning to organic. For most growers, one of the biggest deterrents to going organic is the 36-month-long process of transition, during which time you can use […]

Dog identifies pests in citrus tree

Citrus Greening Solutions

The Asian citrus psyllid, which creates a disease-causing bacteria known as Huanglongbing (HLB) or citrus greening, is one of the citrus industry’s most destructive insects. It has infected commercial and residential citrus trees across the country from Florida to Texas to California. The disease clogs an infected tree’s vascular system, preventing fruit from maturing and […]