Crop Management

Could robots replace honeybees as pollinators?

The world’s honeybee population is in a steep decline that science has, so far, been unable to reverse. Some scientists are working on solutions to the culprits — diseases, pests, bee forage avail... more

Reducing the risk of bitter pit in Honeycrisp apples

{Sponsored} Honeycrisp apples are the hardest to grow and the most prone to difficulties. Bitter pit, a disorder most commonly linked to calcium deficiencies... more

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Freeze impact becoming apparent in Michigan crops

The impact of the May 8 freeze is becoming apparent on fruit crops in Michigan. Some crops were hit hard, others suffered little damage. Southwes... more »

Use gibberellin to increase blueberry fruit set

Gibberellin (GA) is naturally produced by blueberry seeds. In well-pollinated berries, GA is abundant and promotes normal berry growth. Without poll... more »

Phytelligence partners with EverCrisp marketing group

Phytelligence, an agricultural biotechnology company, has partnered with the Midwest Apple Improvement Association (MAIA) – the entity responsible f... more »

Northwest Michigan frost damage being assessed

Unfortunately, northwest Michigan recorded some low overnight temperatures for the past two nights, May 7-9. During the early morning of May 8, the Be... more »

Select Max labeled for tree fruit

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved a new Supplemental Label for use of the graminicide Select Max 0.97 EC (clethodim) for use... more »

Pursue black stem borer spring management

Incidents of black stem borer injury to young apple orchards are on the rise in Michigan. Adults are attracted to stressed trees although they have be... more »

Michigan growers assess cold weather impact

Michigan State University Extension has issued an update on frost damage in "The Ridge" area near Sparta, Michigan. There were two very cold mornings... more »

Michigan frost forecast brings cautions for apple growers

Michigan State University Extension is urging Michigan apple growers to keep an eye to the weather forecast for the weekend – there are conditions p... more »

Three new honeybee health research projects get funding

Three new research proposals submitted by Bayer and Project Apis m. have received grants from Healthy Hives 2020, a $1 million research effort to impr... more »

Scientists point out agriculture is good for honeybees

While recent media reports have condemned a commonly used agricultural pesticide as detrimental to honeybee health, scientists with the University of ... more »


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