Latest Vegetable farming News

'Ordinary people suffer most': China farms face climate woes

Nov. 02, 2021 07:56 AM EDT

JIAOZUO, China (AP) — Wang Yuetang’s sneakers sink into the mud of what was once his thriving corn and peanut farm as he surveys the damage done by an unstable climate. Three months after torrential rains flooded much of central China’s Henan province, stretches of...

Michigan sugar beet harvest could set a sweet record

Nov. 01, 2021 07:47 AM EDT

BAY CITY, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan sugar beet harvest could set a record this year. Michigan Sugar is anticipating 34 tons per acre from roughly 900 farmers, up from a record of 31.6 tons in 2015, MLive.com reported. The state's beet growing area...

White Hall woman fulfills her dream to grow a pumpkin patch

Oct. 30, 2021 09:06 AM EDT

WHITE HALL, W.Va. (AP) — Lynn Jarman has loved pumpkins since she was a small child. Having grown up on her grandfather’s farm outside Shinnston, in a small unincorporated town called Adamsville, she learned about growing all sorts of things, but one of her most...

National reports of pumpkin shortage not true in Peoria area

Oct. 30, 2021 01:04 AM EDT

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — National reports of fungus and wet weather threatening U.S. pumpkin crops may have pumpkin lovers spooked ahead of Halloween and Thanksgiving. But pumpkin farmers and experts say there is nothing to fear locally. For Peoria-area pumpkin farmers and...

Turkey's Lake Tuz dries up due to climate change, farming

Oct. 28, 2021 08:07 AM EDT

KONYA, Turkey (AP) — For centuries, Lake Tuz in central Turkey has hosted huge colonies of flamingos that migrate and breed there when the weather is warm, feeding on algae in the lake’s shallow waters. This summer, however, a heart-wrenching scene replaced the usual...

Maze madness reigns as farmers embrace fall agritourism

Oct. 23, 2021 03:06 AM EDT

ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) — Fall offers “a-maizing” opportunities for folks of all ages to get outside, explore, enjoy family time and maybe even get a little bit lost as local farms open their gates to visitors. Corn mazes have seen a surge in popularity — but gone are...

Maine potato harvesters having a good year in '21

Oct. 18, 2021 04:01 AM EDT

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine (AP) — Maine's potato harvesters are having a good year growing one of the state's most important agriculture crops. The state is usually around the ninth-biggest potato producing state in the country with a crop of close to 2 billion pounds. The...

Auction revives vegetable farms, builds Amish communities

Oct. 02, 2021 03:14 AM EDT

OXFORD, Pa. (AP) — In box trucks and horse-drawn wagons, Amish farmers and others carry corrugated crates of bright vegetables and fruits to an open-sided auction house in Oxford, Chester County, to meet buyers for grocers, restaurants, and caterers three mornings a week. ...

EXPLAINER: Why coffee could cost more at groceries, cafes

Sep. 29, 2021 16:25 PM EDT

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — As if a cup of coffee wasn’t expensive enough, a confluence of factors is driving up farmers' costs to grow the beans and it could begin filtering down to your local cafe before the end of the year. After hovering for years near $1 per pound,...

Maine potato farmers feeling optimistic ahead of harvest

Sep. 12, 2021 08:53 AM EDT

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine (AP) — Potato growers anticipate a solid crop and stronger demand thanks to reopening restaurants — providing a sense of optimism heading into the harvest in northern Maine. Another positive indicator: A decline in acreage was reversed with an...