Pecans and pistachios contribute to Arizona’s economy

Tree nuts – specifically pecans and pistachios – are making a growing contribution to Arizona's economy, according to a study from University of Arizona Cooperative Extension and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Arizona's tree nut industry generated an estimated $92.6 million in direct sales in 2017. That includes $70 million in pecans, $8.4 million in...

And now you know: ESA uses satellites to help date farmers save water

DateGIS information service provide date farm and palm tree information products, for the following end uses: Provide insight in basic farm information, such as farm borders, palm field maps, and number of date palms. The information products includes spatial date farm information. The use of satellite remote sensing data in generation of date farm information is a key asset. ...

Shandong Wuzgen Group invests in cashew nuts in Nigeria

Akwa Ibom State government says a technology-based agricultural firm, Shandong Wuzgen Group, has arrived in  the state to invest in the agric sector. Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Dr. Charles Inyang, who spoke after an interaction between the directors of the firm and  Governor Udom Emmanuel, said the state government was determined to strengthen the agriculture sector through mechanised...

Australian almond growers could benefit from frost in California

SEVERE frost in the world’s biggest almond-producing region of California could spell higher global prices, and an opportunity for Australian almonds to fill a possible worldwide shortage. Late last month the mercury hovered under freezing for consecutive nights in one of the US’s biggest agricultural production centres in central California, where 83 per cent of the world’s almonds are grown. Almond...

Fosetyl-Al: The problem the nut industry did not see coming

Producing agricultural commodities for consumers around the world has many challenges, and compliance with pesticide regulations is one of them. An example of this challenge occurred last November in Europe. Testing by official and private laboratories indicated the presence of fosetyl-Al residues on tree nuts in excess of the EU Maximum Residue Limit (MRL) of 2 mg/kg. The California nut...

Buhler feels the competition and responds

The leading manufacturers of sorting equipment are starting to feel competition from Asian suppliers. Bühler moves to stay ahead. The marrying of Bühler's SORTEX F optical sorting platform with its BioVision™ technology, originally introduced in 2015, means nut manufacturers ensure hygienic sorting and more precise shell and foreign material detection. SORTEX BioVision™ is a combination of high definition, infrared and...

Australian Hazelnut production could increase by more than 2,000%

A Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation report has found the Australian hazelnut industry has the potential to be valued at $400 million with current annual production, 170 tonnes, anticipated to dramatically increase to 2000-3000 tonnes by 2020. The report found Australian hazelnut growers wanted to expand their plantings and other horticultural producers wanted to diversify into newer crops. And Ferrero...

Almond Ace Packing gets high rating in unannounced audit

Almond Ace Packing Inc., a grower-owned almond processing, almond manufacturing and export company, was recognized by the Almond Hullers & Processors Association (AHPA) for achieving a “Superior” rating for the 2014-2015 season during an unannounced food safety and plant sanitation audit. To qualify for this Superior rating, Almond Ace Packing scored a rating of 900 points or higher during...

Winners of Georgia Peanut Calendar photo contest announced

The Georgia Peanut Commission hosted a photo contest June 7-Oct. 1, 2017, to fill the pages of the 2018 Georgia Peanut Calendar, “Photos from the Field.” Peanut farmers from across Georgia were encouraged to submit their best high-resolution photo of peanut production on their farm for a chance to feature the photo in the 2018 calendar. Nearly 100 entries were...

The untapped potential of Cashew Nut Production

Cashew nut harvest season has come again and some cashew farmers in Kogi State, Nigeria said they are happy with the rate at which cashew nut is selling at the international market, as their lives had become better since more emphasis has been put on the value of the nut. Agriculture has been one of the main source of...
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