‘Off the charts’ chemical shortages hit US farms

‘Off the charts’ chemical shortages hit US farms

CHICAGO, June 27 (Reuters) – US farmers have cut back on using common weedkillers, hunted for substitutes to popular fungicides and changed planting plans over persistent shortages of agricultural chemicals that threaten to trims. Spraying smaller volumes of herbicides and turning to less-effective fungicides increase the risk for weeds and diseases to dent crop production … Read more

Science and genetics used to boost Fernside farm

Science and genetics used to boost Fernside farm

Fernside dairy farmer Julie Bradshaw is passionate about the ability of genetics to create the most efficient herd of cows. Photo / Supplied A five-year irrigation study has helped Julie Bradshaw make science-based decisions on her Fernside dairy farm. Bradshaw also uses genetics to improve her herd, as part of her goal to reduce her … Read more