Monday, August 6, 2012

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USDA Agricultural Research Service
August 3, 2012

Two new blueberries:
Growers and consumers alike stand to benefit from Gupton and Pearl, two new southern highbush blueberry cultivars developed by USDA researchers in Poplarville, Miss. The new cultivars should give southern growers a jump on the lucrative, early-ripening fresh market, which starts in April and May. (8/1)

A potential boost for rangelands:
Global climate changes could help some shrub-dominated deserts revert to ecosystems that support the growth and establishment of grasslands, USDA studies suggest. Sufficient increased precipitation over a sequence of years-and carefully managed grazing-could help keep woody plants in check in the U.S. Southwest. (8/3)

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