Vegetable farms – New Row Farm Nurseries http://newrowfarmnurseries.co.uk/ Thu, 11 Aug 2022 22:46:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://newrowfarmnurseries.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/cropped-icon-32x32.png Vegetable farms – New Row Farm Nurseries http://newrowfarmnurseries.co.uk/ 32 32 Grain Outlook: Corn outlook down | New https://newrowfarmnurseries.co.uk/grain-outlook-corn-outlook-down-new/ Thu, 11 Aug 2022 22:46:00 +0000 https://newrowfarmnurseries.co.uk/grain-outlook-corn-outlook-down-new/

CORN – Traders came back from the weekend with their shopping shoes! Prices rose from the opening bell on Sunday night and never looked back. The extended forecast looked warmer and drier for the first part of August and concerns over Ukrainian grain shipments via the Black Sea looked questionable.

Private estimates are starting to fall below the USDA’s most recent outlook of 177 EPS. Maize yields of 171 to 174 BPA appear. If you use the current number of 81.9 million USDA harvested acres and their carryover estimate of 1.470 billion bushels and leave everything else unchanged, a 5 EPS drop in yield from 177 EPS to 172 EPS reduces carry over to 1.06 billion bushels!

Less than a day after the signing of an agreement between Ukraine, Russia, Turkey and the UN, Russia attacked Odessa and Mykolaiv. Keep in mind that Mykolaiv was not one of the three ports mentioned in the deal, which means it was fair game. Last year, this port accounted for about a third of Ukraine’s agricultural exports. The UN has high hopes of 5mmt of grain shipments per month, but for many even 3mmt per month would be optimistic. Russia said the military strikes were “related exclusively to military infrastructure”, despite reports of damage to ports. As the week progressed, Turkey believed that the first grain shipment could still be in July, but from July 29e, nothing had been sent. Lloyds of London and others have announced they will offer insurance products for Black Sea grain exports, but the costs are likely to be very high.

China and Brazil were in talks to possibly revise protocols that would push Brazilian corn exports to China this year from previous reports that sales would not take place until 2023. China has traditionally bought its imports corn in the United States and Ukraine. Brazil also announced this week that it has reached an agreement with China for China to import Brazilian flour.

Weekly export sales were in line with trade estimates for the old crop at 5.9 million bushels, but below the 10.9 million bushels needed per week to meet the 2.45 billion bushel target. the USDA. Total old crop commitments are 2.386 billion bushels. However, old crop exports have been the largest in the last five weeks. Export inspections (what actually gets shipped) hit a 37-week low this week at 28.5 million bushels when we only need 23.8 million a week. Cumulative inspections are 2 billion bushels and 17% less than last year. New crop export sales were below expectations at 7.6 million bushels. Total new crop commitments are well below last year at 299.2 million bushels compared to 665.7 million bushels last year.

Weekly ethanol production fell 13,000 bpd to 1.02 million bpd this week. Inventories fell by 225,000 barrels to 23.3 million barrels. The number of stocks is the second highest on record for this week. Net margins fell 3 cents to 38 cents per gallon. Gasoline demand at 9.2 million barrels per day was slightly higher for the week, but still 1% lower than a year ago. Gasoline demand has been lower than last year for seven consecutive weeks. With the end of the marketing year, the USDA’s projected 5.375 billion bushels of corn for ethanol use could be at least 35 million bushels too high.

Money managed as of July 19e held its smallest net length since September 2020. This leaves room for silver to flow back into the market, which we have seen this week. For this same date, the bottoms maintained their smallest length since December.

Corn conditions as of July 24e were down 3% from the previous week to 61% good/excellent. Illinois was up 1%, Ohio 6%, Indiana 1%, Iowa 1%, Minnesota 5%, Wisconsin 2%, South Dakota 3%, North Dakota 1%, Kansas 8% and Nebraska. down 7%. Silky corn was 62% vs. 70% average and 13% was in the dough stage vs. 15% average.

In other news this week, the Federal Reserve raised interest rates by 0.75%, which was expected by traders. Second quarter GDP fell 0.9% on an annualized basis. This is the second consecutive quarterly decline. That would normally define a recession, but the administration questions that definition and doesn’t say we’re in a recession. The ERS reported this week that in 2021 there were 2.01 million US farms, in 2007 there were 2.2 million and in 1935 there were 6.8 million farms. The average farm size in 2021 was 445 acres. Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau’s plans to cut emissions from fertilizer use by 30% by 2030 are facing stiff resistance from farmers, saying they will have to drastically reduce production to meet the challenge. to this requirement.

OUTLOOK – Corn posted its biggest one-week rally in nearly five months on threatening weather forecasts, funds returning to the buyer side and uncertainty over the situation in Ukraine. Corn closed higher every day of the week as we closed July. Corn can be pulled by Ukrainian weather conditions and events. Pay attention to large fluctuations and volatility and monitor every updated weather forecast. For the week, September corn was 52 cents higher at $6.16¼ and December corn was 55¾ cents higher at $6.20 a bushel. For the month, September corn was 12½ cents lower and December corn ¼ cent higher.

September corn left a legitimate spread higher this week from $5.80 ¾ to $5.86 ¼ and in the December contract from $5.84 ¼ to $5.89 ½ a bushel. These levels should serve as support if the current weather forecast turns out to be correct and hot and dry conditions disrupt the corn harvest.

SOY – Soybeans followed the same pattern as corn came out of the gate on Sunday evening and followed through the week. Weather maps for the first half of August showed a return of hot, dry conditions as soybeans head towards their critical pod-filling stage. Argentine farmers hold stocks of soybeans to hedge against inflation. Meal prices on the CME hit new contract highs as they rose, supporting soybeans and crush margins. Soybean oil prices also jumped due to better demand for vegetable oil and Senators Manchin and Schumer had reached an agreement that would extend the $1/gallon tax credit for biodiesel and gasoline. renewable diesel until 2024. The agreement would also extend the alternative fuel credit, the alternative fuel mix credit and the payments for alternative fuels until 2024.

U.S. Soybean Conditions for the Week Ending July 24e dropped from 2% to 59% good/excellent. Illinois down 1%, Indiana up 2%, Ohio up 7%, Iowa down 3%, Minnesota unchanged, Wisconsin up 3%, North Dakota down 1%, South Dakota down 4%, Nebraska down 6% and Kansas down 5%. . The formation of pods was 26% against 34% on average and 64% flowered against 69% on average. Conditions through August 1 were also expected to ease slightly.

Trade ideas are circulating that US soybean yield could fall by at least 0.5 EPS. If you use the USDA’s 87.5 million harvested acres, 51.5 EPS, and carryover of 230 million bushels but everything else remains unchanged, a 0.5 EPS reduction in yield would reduce the carryover. ‘about 44 million bushels to 186 million bushels.

Weekly export sales turned negative again for the old crop. Net cancellations of 2.2 million bushels reduced total commitments to 2.188 billion bushels, but still exceeded the USDA forecast for 2.17 billion bushels of exports this year. This is the fourth time in the last five weeks that we have seen net cancellations. Export inspections were 14.3 million bushels and below the required 30.7 million bushels per week. The pace of inspections combined with recent sales cancellations could jeopardize this year’s export forecast. New crop sales hit a huge 14-week high of 27.5 million bushels. This brings total new crop commitments to 546 million bushels and well above last year’s 374 million bushels. China bought 612.3 million bushels of new crop soybeans, up from 158 million bushels on this date last year. We saw an export sale announcement this week for 4.85 million bushels of new crop soybeans to unknown.

OUTLOOK – Adverse weather forecasts as soybeans enter their pod-filling phase propelled soybeans to their biggest one-week rally in over a year! Soybeans closed July with 6 consecutive higher closes and November beans posted their highest close of the month as we closed July. Weather will be a strong focus in global vegetable oil markets, adding its influence. For the week, November soybeans rose $1.52¾ to $14.68½ a bushel. For the month, they were 10½ cents higher.

November soybeans left a higher gap this week, rising from $13.49 ¼ to $13.58 ¼ a bushel. There is an overhead gap from June 17e $15.29 ¾ to $15.36 ½ a bushel. If the current forecast for hot and dry weather is accurate, you cannot rule out that prices challenge the overhead differential, but that will depend on the outlook for returns.

Weekly September wheat price changes for the week ended July 29, 2022: Chicago wheat up 48 ¾ cents to $8.07 ¾, Kansas City up 54 ¼ cents to $8.74 ½ and Minneapolis up 35 cents to $9.06 a bushel.

The Wheat Quality Council’s annual spring wheat tour through North Dakota set spring wheat yield at 49.1 BPA compared to the tour’s 5-year average of 39.4 BPA and highest since 2015. USDA raises North Dakota spring wheat yield to record 51.0 EPS.

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More than 100 farms gear up for Alberta Open Farm Days launch https://newrowfarmnurseries.co.uk/more-than-100-farms-gear-up-for-alberta-open-farm-days-launch/ Wed, 10 Aug 2022 00:28:20 +0000 https://newrowfarmnurseries.co.uk/more-than-100-farms-gear-up-for-alberta-open-farm-days-launch/

Alberta Open Farm Days takes place this weekend, August 13-14, and more than 100 Alberta farms are participating.

Chatsworth Farm, located east of Edmonton near Vermilion, is one of the properties opening its doors to visitors.

Founded in 1994, the farm is run by seven family members who are dedicated to ensuring Albertans have quality farm-to-table food with every purchase.

Entering the farmyard, people are greeted by a huge garden where almost every vegetable imaginable in Alberta grows.

Chatsworth Farm is a mixed farm producing crops and raising livestock, including cattle, sheep, ducks, chickens, geese and two horses. And no farm is complete without a few barn cats!

Charlotte Wasylik, the family’s only daughter, helps out as much as she can on the farm, including managing their social and media activities.

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“We have beef, we have lamb, and we have poultry and eggs — those are some of the things we sell farm-to-table, so directly from our farm to customers,” Wasylik said. .

All animals, from cattle to lambs – even their turkeys – are born or hatched on the farm. Once they’ve reached the desired size, they head to the butcher, she said.

“We just take them 15 minutes to Vermilion or our other butcher, which is 20 minutes south of us and they do everything – they cut, they wrap all our meat,” she said, adding that the beef is then dry-aged for an average of 21 days.

“Then we pick it up, label everything and deliver it directly to our customers.”

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The Chatsworth Farm doesn’t sell just any eggs — they offer a rainbow mix of eggs, the color of which comes from chicken genetics, Wasylik said.

“Some lay olive, others a dark, deep crimson color, blue – sometimes even a purple tint for them.”

“It’s something a lot of people really like and when the hens are laying well it’s really hard to keep them in stock.”

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As part of Alberta Open Farm Days, the public is invited to tour the 20,000 acre farm this weekend.

“There will be a BBQ, which is new this year. We also have machine demonstrations, an expanded farmers market and we have live cattle tours,” she said.

“There’s a lot going on and we’re really excited to welcome everyone back here to the farm.”

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A unique feature of the barbecue are the family’s beef hot dogs.

“The beef itself is sirloin, chuck roast, cross rib roast and round roast. We also have our beef fat in there, so it’s our beef and only our beef.

Restrooms are on site and a golf cart is available for people with reduced mobility. There are also plenty of shaded areas for those looking to hide from the sun.

If Chatsworth is not near you, there are many other farms you can check out.

“There’s probably a farm near you that’s participating and we invite you all to come and have fun on the farm.”

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Farm Open Houses was launched in 2013. It is a collaborative two-day, province-wide event that gives Albertans the opportunity to experience the farm and understand where their food.

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Market Size, Scope, Growth Opportunities, Trends by Manufacturers and Forecast to 2029 – Instant Interview https://newrowfarmnurseries.co.uk/market-size-scope-growth-opportunities-trends-by-manufacturers-and-forecast-to-2029-instant-interview/ Mon, 08 Aug 2022 07:59:07 +0000 https://newrowfarmnurseries.co.uk/market-size-scope-growth-opportunities-trends-by-manufacturers-and-forecast-to-2029-instant-interview/

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Homegrown By Heroes scholarship offered for agriculture training https://newrowfarmnurseries.co.uk/homegrown-by-heroes-scholarship-offered-for-agriculture-training/ Sat, 06 Aug 2022 17:29:18 +0000 https://newrowfarmnurseries.co.uk/homegrown-by-heroes-scholarship-offered-for-agriculture-training/

LITTLE ROCK, AR — The Arkansas Department of Agriculture and the Arkansas Farm Credit Associations are teaming up to offer a $1,000 Homegrown by Heroes scholarship to military veterans and active military personnel to attend the Center for Arkansas Farm and Food’s Farm School, a comprehensive training program for new or beginning specialty crop growers. Funding for the scholarship is generously provided by Financement agricole. Applications are due September 1, 2022 and are available at: agriculture.arkansas.gov/arkansas-department-of-agriculture-programs/.

The scholarships are affiliated with Homegrown By Heroes, an Arkansas Department of Agriculture program that helps veteran farmers market their local agricultural products by labeling them as produced by veterans. Learn more about Homegrown by Heroes and find products grown or made by military veterans at arkansasgrown.org/homegrown-by-heroes/.

“We are proud to partner with Farm Credit to provide scholarship to the men and women who have served our country in the military,” said Arkansas Secretary of Agriculture Wes Ward. “Military service members have many skills that make them excellent candidates for successful careers in agriculture. It is an honor to offer them this scholarship as a token of appreciation for their service to our country.

“Arkansas Farm Credit Associations appreciates the service that Arkansas veterans and current military personnel render to our country. We are pleased to help service members pursue careers in agriculture by sponsoring these scholarships. “said Brandon Haberer, CEO and President of Farm Credit of Western Arkansas.

The Center for Arkansas Farms and Food’s Farm School is an 11-month program at the Milo Shult Ag Research and Extension Center on the University of Arkansas campus in Fayetteville. The Farm School combines hands-on specialty agriculture with instruction in production, business, and legal issues through classroom instruction and hands-on field activities. This comprehensive approach is specially designed for beginning fruit, vegetable, flower and herb farmers who wish to sell in local and regional markets. The 2023 program begins in January, with classes and agricultural work scheduled for approximately 20 hours per week, Monday through Thursday. The total cost of the program is $2,500. More information about the farm school can be found at LearnToFarm.org.

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Post-harvest losses: Obuasi farmers lament lack of storage facilities https://newrowfarmnurseries.co.uk/post-harvest-losses-obuasi-farmers-lament-lack-of-storage-facilities/ Fri, 05 Aug 2022 03:02:08 +0000 https://newrowfarmnurseries.co.uk/post-harvest-losses-obuasi-farmers-lament-lack-of-storage-facilities/

Some farmers in Obuasi Municipality have expressed concern over the lack of post-harvest storage facilities to store their produce.

The situation, they say, makes it difficult to recoup their investments as they are forced to sell their produce at lower prices during harvest time, to avoid spoilage.

Farmers expressed their frustration at a planning session organized by the Research Extension Farmer Linkages Committee (RELC) in Obuasi.

The Committee seeks to create a bridge between research, extension, farmers and agribusiness by encouraging active participation, improving interaction and bringing farmers closer to decision-making in development and dissemination. technologies.

Representatives from the Municipal Assembly, the Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA), farmers, researchers and traditional leaders attended the meeting.

Farmers also pointed out that some of the challenges were the high cost of inputs such as fertilizers, weedkillers, pesticides as well as poor roads connecting their farms.

Dr Ernest Baafi, RELC’s Ashanti regional coordinator, said low farm gate prices had led to a high rate of attrition, especially among young people in the agricultural sector.

Farmers’ incomes, he said, have declined significantly over the years as they have continued to reduce the price of their produce to avoid post-harvest losses.

DrBaafi hoped that the challenges listed by the farmers would be addressed at the policy level and assured them that his team would continue to research some of the solutions suggested by the farmers to find permanent solutions to the problems.

Mr. Raphael Atta Peprah, the Municipal Director of Agriculture, said the session provided an opportunity to get first-hand insight into the real issues facing farmers.

He said the exercise highlighted local measures needed to bring relief to farmers in Obuasi Municipality.

He told farmers they could always seek technical assistance from his office to ensure that the best farming practices were adopted to improve their yield.

Mr. Peprah promised to work closely with the Municipal Assembly to find solutions to some of the problems that farmers in the municipality were struggling with.

Mrs. Patricia Nuamah, a market gardener, expressed concern about how the activities of illegal miners were negatively affecting their farming business with the pollution of water bodies, making them unsanitary for irrigation purposes.

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Tierra Vegetables has a reason to celebrate https://newrowfarmnurseries.co.uk/tierra-vegetables-has-a-reason-to-celebrate/ Tue, 02 Aug 2022 17:00:16 +0000 https://newrowfarmnurseries.co.uk/tierra-vegetables-has-a-reason-to-celebrate/

When Tierra Vegetables founders Lee and Wayne James spotted a patch of land – a former plum orchard in Healdsburg – one summer afternoon in 1979, they planted vegetable seeds on the 3 acres and n have never looked back.

Now, after more than four decades of farming, Tierra Vegetables celebrates with a party, open to the public, on August 7 to commemorate the hard-working but fulfilling years of harvesting, growing and feeding the community. (See box for details.)

“I’m amazed at how many people love our food and how it’s grown,” Lee, 70, said of their decades of farming that began with this plot in Healdsburg. “It’s a nice feeling. … We did all of that.

Since that summer in the late 70s, the sister and brother have grown their produce on a succession of properties around Sonoma County. Currently, they farm on land they lease from the county’s Agricultural and Open Space Preservation District on Airport Boulevard near Highway 101.

Their list of fruits, vegetables, and herbs — organized by season on their website — is extensive. They grow heirloom corn, peppers used for mole and salsa, onions, strawberries, pumpkins and more. They grow beans and other produce for farmers’ markets in North Bay and Marin County and sell to Michelin-starred restaurants in San Francisco.

In 1979, Lee, who studied biology and horticulture in California and Sweden, and Wayne, who grew up farming and studied viticulture at Santa Rosa Junior College, were hanging out by the Russian River one afternoon when ‘they spotted a field with some pruning trees. They were intrigued by its potential and discovered that it belonged to a doctor. The doctor agreed to rent it to them.

Wayne borrowed $500 from Lee to buy a

“We thought, ‘What a beautiful pitch. There is good soil and water,” Lee recalls.

Their landlord liked their products so much that he didn’t charge them for the lease. His only request was to be able to pick vegetables for his family.

In 1980, Tierra Vegetables blossomed. That year, Lee and Wayne planted everything from carrots, cucumbers, corn, broccoli and squash to Jerusalem artichokes and potatoes.

“We had free housing and free land. That’s the only way it all worked,” said 66-year-old Wayne.

At first, the siblings didn’t have an impressive vision for how their 3-acre project would evolve. They just wanted to grow good vegetables and enjoyed the process, Lee said.

“We just wanted to grow our own food,” Wayne said. “All we ever wanted to do was grow staple foods – staple foods to eat and survive.”

Agriculture

Wayne and Lee grew up in Orinda, Contra Costa County with two brothers. Their father, Walt, was a manager in an industrial manufacturing company. Their mother, Esther, was a florist.

After school, Lee and Wayne spent afternoons working with their mother in an orchard nursery, arranging flowers or folding boxes. Lee was known for creating intricate terrariums. Wayne was intrigued by plants.

“I loved plants and houseplants in the early 70s,” Wayne said. “We all worked at the crèche. It was the thing to do after school.

In 1974, after high school, Wayne went to work on a 40-acre farm in Potter Valley with one of his father’s co-workers, Clarence Gericke, a retired chemist who grew up in a Midwestern farming family.

On the farm, Wayne learned how to grow food without using chemicals. He and Gericke began selling their vegetables at farmers’ markets in Ukiah and Santa Rosa. Wayne admired the idea of ​​selling directly to customers. Gericke also shared with Wayne the value of excellent locally grown vegetables.

“He said to me, ‘We have tons of good wine. What we need are good vegetables,” Wayne said.

The James’ interest in agriculture and nature continued over the years.

During her summer vacation from college, Lee worked for the North Coast Regional Water Quality Board to sample and test bacteria levels and temperature in the Russian River. And Wayne, in his thirties, volunteered with the Peace Corps as an agricultural adviser in Lesotho, where he introduced new vegetables to agriculture and worked on the African nation’s water supply systems.

“We had our vegetable garden in our backyard in Orinda in the ’60s,” Wayne said. “We grew as we grew up. We have always appreciated it.

Start with the ground

In the farm’s commercial kitchen in Windsor last week, several women were busy turning a harvest into tasty produce, including Tierra Vegetables chili jam, fire-roasted tomatoes, mole, enchilada sauce, kimchi, salsa and tortilla masa.

Queta, Norma and Mari, longtime friends and hardworking Lee and Wayne, prepare simple meals using fresh ingredients. Wayne credited the soil at Tierra Vegetables Farm and the attention it receives for the quality of the ingredients. They apply ground green waste to the soil to retain moisture, resulting in tasty vegetables.

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Bjorn Lomborg: The global food crisis…and the dirty secret of organic farming https://newrowfarmnurseries.co.uk/bjorn-lomborg-the-global-food-crisis-and-the-dirty-secret-of-organic-farming/ Thu, 28 Jul 2022 10:00:01 +0000 https://newrowfarmnurseries.co.uk/bjorn-lomborg-the-global-food-crisis-and-the-dirty-secret-of-organic-farming/ RUSSIA’s brutal war in Ukraine has precipitated a global food crisis, so policymakers around the world need to think hard about how to make food cheaper and more plentiful. This requires a commitment to producing more fertilizer and better seeds, maximizing the potential offered by genetic modification, and abandoning the rich world’s obsession with organic products.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is making less food available because the two nations have been responsible for more than a quarter of the world’s wheat exports and large amounts of barley, corn and vegetable oil. On top of punitive climate policies and the world emerging from the pandemic, fertilizer, energy and transport prices are soaring, and food prices have soared 61% in the past two years.

The war has revealed hard truths. The first is that Europe – which bills itself as a green energy pioneer – is heavily dependent on Russian gas, especially when the sun isn’t shining or the wind isn’t blowing. The war reaffirmed the fundamental reality that fossil fuels remain crucial to the vast majority of global needs. And the emerging food crisis is now revealing another hard truth: organic farming cannot feed the world and could even make future crises worse.

Long simply a hot trend for the global 1%, environmental activists have increasingly peddled the seductive idea that organic farming can solve hunger. The European Union is actively pushing for a tripling of organic farming on the continent by 2030, while a majority of Germans actually believe that organic farming can help feed the world.

However, research conclusively shows that organic farming produces far less food than conventional farming per hectare. Additionally, organic farming requires farmers to rotate soil out of production for pasture, fallow or cover crops, reducing its effectiveness. In total, organic approaches produce between a quarter and half as much food as conventional and scientific agriculture.

This not only makes organic food more expensive, but it means that organic farmers would need a lot more land to feed the same number of people as they do today – perhaps almost double the area. Given that agriculture currently uses 40% of Earth’s ice-free land, switching to organic farming would mean destroying large swaths of nature for less efficient production.

The disaster unfolding in Sri Lanka is a sobering lesson. Last year, the government forced a full transition to organic farming, appointing organic farming gurus as agricultural advisers, some of whom have claimed dubious links between agricultural chemicals and health problems. Despite outlandish claims that organic methods could produce yields comparable to conventional farming, within months the policy produced nothing but misery, with prices for some foodstuffs quintupling.

Sri Lanka was self-sufficient in rice production for decades, but is now forced to import $450 million worth of rice. Tea, the country’s main export crop and source of foreign currency, has been devastated, with economic losses estimated at $425 million. Before the country descended into brutal violence and political resignations, the government was forced to offer $200 million in compensation to farmers and offer $149 million in subsidies.

Sri Lanka’s organic experiment failed fundamentally because of one simple fact: there is not enough land to replace synthetic nitrogen fertilizers with animal manure. To switch to organic farming and maintain production, she would need five to seven times more manure than her total manure today.

Synthetic nitrogen fertilizers, mainly based on natural gas, are a modern miracle, essential to feed the planet. Thanks in large part to this fertilizer, agricultural yields have tripled over the past half-century, while the human population has doubled. Artificial fertilizers and modern agricultural inputs are the reason the number of people working on farms has been reduced in all rich countries, freeing people up for other productive pursuits.

In fact, a dirty secret of organic farming is that in wealthy countries the vast majority of existing organic crops depend on imported nitrogen bleached from animal manure, which ultimately comes from fossil fertilizers used in conventional farms.

Without these inputs, if a country – or the world – went all organic, nitrogen scarcity would quickly become disastrous, just as we saw in Sri Lanka. That’s why research shows that organic on a global scale can only feed about half of the world’s population today. Organic farming will lead to more expensive and scarcer food for fewer people, while gobbling up more of nature.

To sustainably feed the world and withstand future global shocks, we need to produce better and cheaper food. History shows that the best way to do this is to improve seeds, including using genetic modification, as well as the expansion of fertilizers, pesticides and irrigation. This will allow us to produce more food, reduce prices, alleviate hunger and save nature.

Bjorn Lomborg is Chair of the Copenhagen Consensus and Visiting Scholar at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. His latest book is False Alarm: How Climate Change Panic Costs Us Trillions, Hurts the Poor, and Fails to Fix the Planet.

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Local spots to pick fruits and vegetables this summer https://newrowfarmnurseries.co.uk/local-spots-to-pick-fruits-and-vegetables-this-summer/ Tue, 26 Jul 2022 01:57:53 +0000 https://newrowfarmnurseries.co.uk/local-spots-to-pick-fruits-and-vegetables-this-summer/

Vegetables, berries and peaches, oh my – the season for picking your own fresh produce is coming to an end, so now is the time to visit a local u-pick farm to satisfy your summer cravings.

As picking conditions vary daily, most orchards recommend calling ahead to make sure they offer U-pick.

Livingstone County:

Hazen’s Farm: Bring the berries! Hazen’s is a family-owned blueberry and raspberry pick-your-own farm. The best blueberry picking is from mid-July to late July, and they expect the blueberry season to last until mid-August. Picking raspberries will last until they are picked. Their pick-your-own hours are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Plus, their bakery serves homemade ice cream, muffins, blueberry and zucchini breads, Blueberry Bliss cookies, and other goodies.

1144 Peavy Road, Howell

(517) 548-1841

spice orchards: At Spicer, you can bring their farm to your home with the ability to pick strawberries, sweet cherries, tart cherries, blueberries, peaches, pears, apples, and pumpkins all season long. Currently, blueberries and raspberries can be picked from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., with the last wagon of the day heading to the fields at 5:30 p.m. and returning at 6:15 p.m. Spicer estimates that the picking of peaches will begin around the 5 to August 10. , and sunflowers around August 1st. Their estimated ripening schedule can be found here.

10411 Clyde Road, Fenton

(810) 632-7692

Macomb County:

Blake Farms: With three distinct pick-your-own locations, Blake Farms offers a wide variety of fresh produce. All of their locations are open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and there is a $20 product minimum required per car for pick-your-own. Offerings vary by location, but they grow strawberries, raspberries, sweet cherries, and pea pods. The complete harvest calendar is available here.

Blake’s Big Apple: 71485 North Avenue, Armada

Blake’s Orchard and Cider Mill: 17985 Armada Center Road, Armada

Blake’s Backyard: 5600 Van Dyke, Almont

(586) 784-5343

Van Houtte Farms: This farm offers the opportunity to literally hand-pick the perfect bouquet of flowers. Farm-fresh flowers are available for pick-your-own Thursday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mason jars are provided for flower collection, and you can bring your own clippers or borrow a pair. To enter the flower field, you can purchase a bracelet and mason jar (limit 2 per jar) and cut your own bouquet of flowers for $15, or buy a bracelet and admire the field without cutting flowers for 6 $.

69475 Romeo Plank Road, Armada

(586) 531-4451

Westview Orchards: For those looking for more activities than pick your own, Westview Orchards also offers a farmers market and winery. Currently, this orchard offers self-picked raspberries and sunflowers and expects vegetable and apple picking to begin in mid-August. Summer hours allow for fresh produce and family fun daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

65075 Van Dyke, Washington

(586) 752-3123

Wayne County:

Blueville Acres Blueberry Farm: This pick-your-own farm offers picking tasty blueberries from mid-July to mid-August. They only open when there are enough berries to meet demand, so they update their program Daily. They urge pickers to check their Facebook page or call to make sure pick-your-own is available before coming that day.

​38093 Judd Road, Belleville

(734) 252-6751

Oakland County:

Middleton Berry Farm: Look no further for fruits, vegetables and flowers from the comfort of a farm. At the end of June, their strawberry season ended. However, Middleton Berry Farm expects them to reopen in mid-August for pick-your-own raspberries, tomatoes and flowers.

4790 Oakwood Road, Ortonville

(248) 831-1004

Long family orchard: A local favorite, Long Family Orchard grows a variety of vegetables throughout the summer season. The next harvest expected by Long Family Orchard is sweet corn in late July. As the season approaches, they will have a better idea of ​​when pick-your-own starts. In the meantime, they recommend checking their website or calling for updates. Long’s also grows apples and other garden-fresh vegetables later in the season.

1540 E. Commerce Road, Commerce Township

(248) 360-3774

Washtenaw County:

Berry Hill Farm: Keep calm and cool, because this raspberry picking farm’s black raspberry season begins in July, with the rest of the raspberries arriving in mid-August. They’ve been growing raspberries for the Washtenaw County community since 1985 and are updating their pick-your-own schedule on Facebook.

12835 N Territorial Road, Dexter

(734) 475-1516

Dexter Blueberry Farm: Looking for a dose of sweet berries? Offering the opportunity to pick the best fresh local blueberries, Dexter Blueberry Farm is open from mid-July through August. Their opening hours are Monday to Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Their high season is usually the last week of July and the first two weeks of August.

11024 Beach Road, Dexter, 48130

(734) 426-2900

slow close: Calling all vegetable lovers! Slow Farm currently has basil, three colors of beets, three varieties of beans, carrots, chard, cabbage, cucumbers, flowers, several varieties of herbs, kale, and several varieties of summer squash and zucchini available this week for U-pick

4700 Whitmore Lake Road, Ann Arbor

(734) 249-8359

Honey Bee U-Pick Patch: As strawberry season draws to a close, the Honey Bee U-Pick Patch has reduced its raspberry picking hours to Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. 2021 was its first season offering U-pick strawberries, and it was such a hit that they brought it back for another season. They plan to offer pumpkins in September.