For apple growers in the eastern United States, the biggest problem --
the most relentless, pervasive, unavoidable issue, which can ruin a
whole crop if not managed aggressively -- is apple scab. Researchers at
the University of New Hampshire are working on a new tool to combat the
apple scourge: A drone.
Why Disappearing Bees Mean You’ll Pay More for Almonds
Perhaps nothing illustrates the interconnectedness and global scale of
the food system better than the current almond market. Soaring prices
are a result of a variety of factors that include Chinese consumer
habits, weather patterns in the Midwest, economic sanctions against Iran
and even nicotine.
October 22, 2013, a group of undergraduates, alumni, and staff from the
University of New Hampshire (UNH) represented the New Hampshire
Agricultural Experiment Station and College of Life Sciences and
Agriculture (COLSA) during the NH Department of Agriculture, Markets
& Food’s Centenary Celebration at the State House in Concord.
Mosquito season lasting into October is becoming commonplace,
according to Alan Eaton, an entomologist with the University of New
Hampshire Cooperative Extension. “The first frost had been coming
in September through the years,” Eaton said. “But, due to climate
change, we are seeing the last spring frost come earlier and the first
fall frost come later.”
Organization works to protect Great Bay, restore local oyster beds
The organizers of the third annual Piscataqua Oysterpalooza offered
event-goers a tasty blend of oysters, beer, wine and education about the
threats to Great Bay and their efforts to rebuild oyster beds in its
waters. Ray Grizzle, a research professor at UNH who
works at the Jackson Estuarine Laboratory, said Sunday's event is a way
to get people thinking about oysters and the efforts to restore the
oyster population. "It's everything from a
3-year-old little girl who wants to touch an oyster shell to a parent
who might send their kid to UNH," Grizzle said of the education efforts.
"You can survey 1,000 people who like oysters and only a very small
percentage actually knows how oysters grow. We try to get that word out
Growers are using empty production space in the fall to produce
greenhouse vegetables. The first in a two-part series on producing salad
greens, learn about the materials and tools for successful production
from Brian Krug of the University of New Hampshire.