French wheat, corn output revised up on good summer

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PARIS (Commodity Online): The good summer growing conditions has raised the expectations of the Wheat and Cornoutput in France. In August, the forecast for the wheat crop had been raised to 500,000 tons and further raised to 1 million tons on Wednesday by farm ministry; now the total estimates has touched 33.5 million tons. The…


In your garden: Set for a bumper summer crop

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Summer is here and we’ve been busy getting our new Edible Gardening Project polytunnel planted for a bumper crop in autumn and winter. The project has come along leaps and bounds in the last few months and our volunteers have been hard at work in the polytunnel putting in timber edges for the raised beds.…


Britain awash with summer fruit

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It’s time to dust off your pie dishes and jam pans-Britain is officially awash with summer fruit. Producers across the country are enjoying their best harvest for 20 years, with growers in Kent and Herefordshire bringing in 3,000 tons of cherries almost eight times as much fruit as was harvested in 2000, according to Defra.…


Cool summer good news for B.C. berry crops

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There could be one bright side to the cloudy weather this summer — the unseasonable cold may have saved some of the Fraser Valley’s berry crops. Tom Bauman, an agriculture professor at the University of the Fraser Valley, said the extremely cold and wet winter and fall put perennial crops at risk. "The root systems,…


Don’t jump to heat conclusions

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If your corn’s got enough water during these dog days of summer, the 90-plus-degree temperatures shouldn’t be too damaging. But, if you’re on the dry side, it’s a bad time of year for your corn to be feeling the kind of stress the current heat dome is creating. "Afternoon temperatures in the mid-90s are not…


Jasmine Plants in the Summer

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Jasmine plants are shrubs and vines that are typically grown for their small, star-shaped flowers. The foliage on jasmine plants is often evergreen, creating a vibrant burst of color in the garden. Grown in a wide range of sizes and shapes, summer-blooming jasmine are attractive growing over trellises and arbors or used as a specimen…


Summer

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The summer show is the big one. The range of colors and shapes is huge. You can have anything from snappy hothouse colors to yellows and blues, white with black, and even a collection of jungly, floppy-leaved plants. Lilies are fabulous summer plants. There are basically four different flower shapes – trumpets, funnels, bowls, and…


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