|Garden advice for May|
Bangor Daily News - 4/28/2012. By Reeser Manley – Soil temperature is the most important factor in deciding when to direct sow main-season crops and when to transplant seedlings. Many of our summer vegetables are tropical in origin and will not grow well until the soil has sufficiently warmed.
|Government keeps picking winners, losers on the farm|
Bangor Daily News - 4/28/2012.Op-ed by Jack Hedin – Here’s the first thing to understand about federally subsidized crop insurance: In an era when direct payments to farmers are increasingly difficult to justify, crop-insurance subsidies are becoming the main way in which public policy supports commodity crop farmers.
|Growing numbers of wineries giving Mainers a taste of the midcoast|
Bangor Daily News - 4/28/2012.By Heather Steeves – Union: When Elmer and Holly Savage started growing grapes here 10 years ago, there were only a handful of wineries in Maine. Now there are eight wineries in the midcoast area alone. The area seems to be at the center of the state’s burgeoning wine industry – despite, not because of, its profitability.
|Crop yields are only part of the organic vs. conventional farming debate|
U.S. Food Policy - 4/27/2012.By Parke Wilde – The journal Nature recently had an interesting meta-analysis – or quantitative literature review – about yields from organic agriculture. The accompanying summary says, "conventional agriculture gives higher yields under most situations." This is probably true. Yet, even environmentalists are overreacting to the study.