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  • Weed Control in Lettuce
    Economical and successful weed control in lettuce can be accomplished by utilizing key cultural practices, cultivation technologies and herbicides. Planting configurations vary from 40-inch wide beds with two seedlines to 80-inch wide beds with 5 to 6 seedlines. Recent studies of weeding costs for lettuce ranged from $454 to $623/A… Read more »
  • Making Sense of Biostimulants for Improving your Soil
    Biostimulants…bio what??? You may have heard or read this phrase several times over the past year as this product category gains traction in the agricultural marketplace. Confused about what exactly constitutes a biostimulant? You are not the only one! A biostimulant includes “diverse substances and microorganisms that enhance plant growth”… Read more »
  • Detection of Marked Lettuce and Tomato by an Intelligent Cultivator
    Weeds are difficult to control in lettuce and tomato due to labor shortages, increasing costs of hand weeding and limited herbicide options. Lettuce is very sensitive to weed competition, plus there is no tolerance for contamination of bagged lettuce salad mixes with weeds; therefore, weeds must be controlled if lettuce… Read more »
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  • The Care and Feeding of Soil Microbes
    Soil microbes, or microorganisms, are the mediators that convert the bigger organic pieces, such as plant matter, insect skeletons and worm castings, into the ammonium and phosphate that the plants can take up and use. “Soil is a living being, and it’s filled with microenvironments and niches,” said Kate Scow,… Read more »
  • Carbon Farming Offers Benefits to Plants, Soils and Climate
    Carbon farming is a form of agriculture that sequesters atmospheric carbon into the soil, crop roots, wood, and leaves. Increasing soil’s carbon content can aid plant growth, increase soil organic matter, which in turn, can improve yields, soil water retention capacity, reduce fertilizer use, and greenhouse gas emissions.   Carbon Farming Research UC Davis Professor… Read more »
  • Bats are beneficial too!
    Bats are voracious predators of insects, including many that target crops. Some of their favored prey includes cucumber beetles, stinkbugs, leafhoppers, and moths, the larvae of which are serious pests, like cutworms and armyworms. During the summer growing season, bats scour the night sky for bugs, eating close to their… Read more »

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