thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Dinner Costing More

Dan Economy, Fruits, Pecans, Poultry, Research, Specialty Crops, Sugar, Vegetables

While last year’s cost of a Thanksgiving Day dinner was the lowest it had been since 2010, this year is a bit different. Americans, for the most part, are spending a bit more at the grocery store this year on turkeys and all the sides. According to a survey conducted earlier this month by the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF), Thanksgiving dinner costs …

growing

Growing the Unusual and Delicious Pink Lemonade Blueberry

Dan Fruits, Specialty Crops, This Land of Ours

Growing an unusual and delicious fruit in your garden.  That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. In 1970, the USDA developed Blueberry ‘Pink Lemonade’. But when researchers brought it to blueberry growers, they were convinced because of its distinctive yellowish-pink fruit that gardeners wouldn’t buy it, thinking it was an unripe blueberry. Fast-forward to the 2000s: Growing research into …

apple harvest

Turning This Year’s Apple Harvest into a Tasty Beverage

Dan Fruits, Specialty Crops, This Land of Ours

How to turn this year’s apple harvest into a tasty, refreshing beverage.  That’s coming up on This Land of Ours.  Using all of the apples from your harvest can be challenging. Of course, there’s apple sauce, chopped salads, apple pies. But, there’s a tasty beverage that’s also really easy to make:  Hard Apple Cider. It’s one of the most readily …

health benefits

Surprising Health Benefits to Know About Pumpkins

Dan Fruits, Specialty Crops, This Land of Ours, Vegetables

The health benefits that may surprise you about pumpkins. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours.  Pumpkins offer a lot more than one night of carving fun and scary faces. Consuming pumpkin regularly can improve your immunity, give your digestion a boost, and even protect you against many chronic diseases.  Pumpkin is also a good source of vitamin C, vitamin E, …

winter squash

Need to Know Points About Growing Winter Squash

Dan Field Crops, Fruits, Specialty Crops, This Land of Ours, Vegetables

All you need to know about growing your own winter squash. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours.  Winter squash are all known for the hard skins that protect them through the fall, winter, and sometimes even spring, depending on the variety. If you love roasted squash or pumpkin pie, then Pumpkins, Butternut and Spaghetti Squash are the plants for …

plan

Plan Ahead for Bountiful Pumpkin Harvest Next Year

Dan Field Crops, Fruits, Specialty Crops, This Land of Ours, Vegetables

How to plan for bountiful pumpkin harvest next year.  That’s coming up on This Land of Ours.  While some areas in the United States may be experiencing a pumpkin shortage due to weather and shipping issues, why not plan ahead for next year and grow your own pumpkins. These members of the squash family are easy to grow in your …

halloween pumpkins

Recycle Those Halloween Pumpkins After the Holiday

Dan Fruits, Specialty Crops, This Land of Ours, Vegetables

What to do with your Halloween pumpkins after the holiday is over.  That’s coming up on This Land of Ours.  Every year, thousands of pumpkins get tossed in the trash – adding up to about 1.3 billion pounds of pumpkins ending up in landfills.  That’s according to the U.S. Department of Energy. But there are plenty of ways to recycle …

tricks

Tricks for Picking the Best Pumpkin This Year

Dan Fruits, Specialty Crops, This Land of Ours, Vegetables

Some tricks for picking the best pumpkin this year. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours.  With so many pumpkin varieties and characteristics, it’s hard to tell which pumpkin is the best bang for your buck. You could just grab whatever’s at the grocery store, but you’ll get a fresher and more interesting selection at a pumpkin farm. Just like when buying …

livestock

New USDA Crop and Livestock Reports Coming

Dan Cattle, Citrus, Corn, Cotton, Field Crops, Fruits, Livestock, Peanuts, Soybeans, Specialty Crops, USDA, USDA-NASS, Vegetables, Wheat

Traders are anxiously awaiting USDA’s next round of reports which should give us a better idea of the size and market prospects for the major crops. And as Gary Crawford reports, USDA will also release revised forecasts for the livestock sector. USDA will release the new round of crop and livestock forecasts on Tuesday, October 12, noon EDT.