How to Dry Geraniums Over Winter

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If you had a good summer season with your geraniums and would like to plant them again in the spring, dry them out over the winter and preserve the geraniums for replanting. To dry your geraniums over the winter, you’ll need a basement, attic, garage or other indoor space that is cool and dry. According…


How to Dry Clematis Flowers

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Drying summer flowers is one way of extending the season’s colorf into winter. You’ll find different methods of dehydrating blooms to preserve them. A simple technique is to hang a loosely tied bouquet upside down in a dark, cool location. Another is to dip the flowers in silica gel. For clematis, West Virginia University Extension…


How to Freeze Dry Calla Lilies

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There are several ways to preserve flowers for future enjoyment including air drying, pressing, using desiccants, microwaving and freeze drying. Of these methods, freeze drying flowers creates the most realistic final effect. The process of freeze drying involves placing flowers into a freeze drier which lowers the temperature below freezing, while simultaneously removing the moisture…


How to Freeze-Dry Calla Lillies

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Preserve calla lilies by freeze-drying the flowers. This involves placing them in a freeze drier at a temperature below freezing. The freeze dryer will remove the moisture from the flower. Freeze dryers are expensive and are typically used by floral professionals, but if you have access to one, you can freeze-dry the calla lilies to…


Milk premium runs dry for organic dairy farms

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Organic dairy product prices have proved too rich for overseas consumers, forcing Fonterra to downsize its organic milk-processing operation and leaving about 50 North Island farmers with no market. The dairy giant has announced that in order to bring its loss-making organic business to break-even point, it plans to halve its milk collection, concentrating processing…


Peas performing well despite dry season

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COMBINING peas have done well this harvest considering the very dry season, says the PGRO. In Essex, marrowfats have averaged 3.75t/ha and the colour is said to be excellent. While there has been some bleaching with the blues, the white peas are of excellent quality, with 5t/ha regularly achieved. Peas have also done well in…


Crops’ conditions take dip after hot, dry week

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Iowa’s crop conditions slipped slightly and lagged behind last year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday. The drop in ratings and slowness in corn and soybean progress is the aftermath of Iowa’s hot July. While the extreme heat of the first half of last week has abated, Iowa continues to be dry. “The statewide…


Harvest roundup: Awaiting return of dry weather

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Harvest remains on hold across much of the country today (8 August), following heavy rain over the weekend. In Kent, Bill Harbour was busy ploughing and subsoiling ground for oilseed rape at Gosmere Farm, Sheldwich, while the weather dried out. His Gallant milling wheat yielded over 10t/ha (4t/acre) at 83kg/hl, and 13-13.3% protein, but Solstice…


RPT-Australia wheat crop hit by cold dry weather – CBA

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Aug 3 (Reuters) – Australia’s 2011/12 wheat crop is suffering from cold dry weather in the key eastern grain producing state of New South Wales, which may cut output, the Commonwealth Bank of Australia said in a report on Wednesday. Offsetting the deteriorating outlook in New South Wales is an improved outlook for Western Australia,…


Dry spell for oilseed rape harvest

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A fine spell of dry weather has allowed Devon grower Steve Lee to saw through his 80ha of oilseed rape in just three days. Harvest from his base in Black Dog, near Crediton, began four days earlier this year – on Tuesday, 26 July – and the quality and yields have been encouraging. A 24ha…


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