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Alfalfa seed crop requires unique farm
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Alfalfa seed crop requires unique farm
Native alkali bees are crucial for pollinating alfalfa as it blooms.

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Diversification keeps historic farm ‘interesting’
Diversification keeps historic farm ‘interesting’
From grass seed to hazelnuts and wine grapes, the Kennel family grows a wide variety of crops.
Strawberries unique in more ways than one
Strawberries unique in more ways than one
Strawberries continuously bloom and produce fruit during the entire season.
Mint grower’s drip-irrigation success at six years
Mint grower’s drip-irrigation success at six years
Water savings of 40 to 50 percent, higher yields, lower fertilizer usage and much-reduced runoff are among results Robert McKellip sees compared to the peppermint he waters via furrow and some sprinkler irrigation.
New seed certification program tackles weedy rice
New seed certification program tackles weedy rice
California’s new Rice Seed Quality Assurance Program aims to verify the purity of the state’s specialty rice seed varieties and curb the spread of weedy rice, an undesirable strain that shatters before harvest.
Garlic, processing onions thrive despite challenges
Garlic, processing onions thrive despite challenges
Some 23,000 acres of processing onions and 24,000 acres of garlic are planted in California.
Rodney Cheyne: Farming is in his blood
Rodney Cheyne: Farming is in his blood
Farming is something the owner of Rodney Cheyne Farms outside Klamath Falls, Ore., has always wanted to do.
No-till grower designs, modifies implements
No-till grower designs, modifies implements
Garth Mulkey designs and redesigns machines that make his farm more profitable and efficient.
Thistledown Farm grows bigger each year
Thistledown Farm grows bigger each year
Over the years the family has added greenhouses, barns and a small children’s section to the farm.
Seeds open door to diversification
Seeds open door to diversification
Seed crops require lots of extra care and attention, farmer Bim Lewman says.
Meadowfoam’s star on the rise
Meadowfoam’s star on the rise
The crop has found a productive base in Oregon’s Willamette Valley.