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Changing industry complicates hazelnut forecast
Changing industry complicates hazelnut forecast
Crews hired by USDA are being extra careful in collecting hazelnut data to ensure an accurate crop forecast.

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Study: Common pesticide appears to reduce live bee sperm
Neonicotinoid-maker Bayer Crop Science spokesman Jeffrey Donald said the firm’s scientists will review the study, but in general “artificial exposure to pesticides under lab conditions is not reflective of real-world experience.”
Company’s gene-editing pipeline full of Northwest crops
Company’s gene-editing pipeline full of Northwest crops
Potato and wheat growers will be among the first to benefit from a new breeding technology that quickly and cheaply introduces desirable traits without being considered genetic modification.
Camelina, quinoa studied as alternative crops in E. Oregon
Camelina, quinoa studied as alternative crops in E. Oregon
Oregon State University researchers in Malheur County are conducting field trials to determine whether camelina and quinoa can be grown in the region.
Study: Direct-marketers create more jobs in their own regions
Study: Direct-marketers create more jobs in their own regions
A University of California-Davis study finds that farms that market their products directly to consumers create more local jobs that conventional growers, who tend to use resources that are more far-flung.
Potato researcher warns of new disease threat
Potato researcher warns of new disease threat
Some growers in Idaho are concerned about a bacterial disease of potatoes long found in Europe, called dickeya, that is now spreading throughout the U.S.
Computer scientist develops smart app for growers
Computer scientist develops smart app for growers
University of California-Santa Barbara computer science researcher Chandra Krintz grew up on a farm in Indiana. Now she's developing new software that will help growers run their operations more efficiently.
Backyard poultry to blame for 14 Montana salmonella cases
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study says the cases are part of eight outbreaks that have infected 611 people in 45 states.
Onion growers confirm success of applying herbicide through drip system
Onion growers confirm success of applying herbicide through drip system
Idaho and Oregon onion growers are reporting good results from applying a popular herbicide through drip irrigation systems. This is the first year they have been able to do that.
Simplot plans GMO-only seed potato farms
J.R. Simplot Co. hopes to work with farmers willing to raise no other potatoes aside from the company's Innate line of biotech seed on their seed farms.
Are pumpkin seeds a viable crop for the Treasure Valley?
Are pumpkin seeds a viable crop for the Treasure Valley?
Researchers and individual farmers in the Treasure Valley area who are experimenting with growing pumpkin seeds for the snack market reported mixed results this year. But they still think the crop could be a promising addition to local rotations.

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