Crop Management

Hurricanes leave growers reeling

Specialty crop growers in Florida, Texas and the Gulf Coast are scrambling in the wake of hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Irma dissipated Sept. 15 off the coast of New England, but more information is bec... more

Besseling makes inroads in North America cold storage

With over 1,000 CA installations in more than 30 different countries, Besseling Group is taking on North America.

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Spotted Wing Drosophila catches are picking up

Widespread monitoring in commercial fruit farms across Michigan by Michigan State University research and Extension staff has so far detected spotted ... more »

Farmers fear illegal-labor crackdown

If you buy strawberry Häagen-Dazs ice cream, Steve Sakuma says, there’s an 80 percent chance that you’re going to get his berries, wh... more »

Mid-summer leaf samples for nutrient analysis

As shoots grow and leaves age, nutrient concentrations change. Mid-summer is the standard time to sample because levels of most nutrients are relative... more »

State pest plan stirs up hornets’ nest

California plans to revamp the way it fights agricultural pests by no longer assessing the environmental consequences each time it attacks a bug -- bu... more »

Pear farmer David Elliot Jr. passes

David J. Elliot Jr., a Courtland farmer and patriarch of a family business that has raised Bartlett pears in the Sacramento River Delta for six genera... more »

California ag department unleashes wasps to fight apple moth

A stingerless wasp no bigger than a grain of rice is the California Department of Food and Agriculture's latest pest management tool in the ongoing ef... more »

Nation’s fruit crops running late

Fruit harvests across the country will be later than usual this year thanks to cold, wet weather. Despite the delays, however, some forecasters are pr... more »

New herbicide label for strawberry

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development approved a State and Local Need (SLN) label (Section 24c) for use of Spartan 4F on strawb... more »

The nitrogen cycle: Explaining where your lost nitrogen is going

With the weather of the spring season, losing nitrogen from our farm fields isn’t just a worry, but rather an unwelcome reality. However, using ... more »

Blueberry meetings cover post bloom management of pests and fields

Michigan State University Extension has scheduled a series of meetings for blueberry growers in June. A pair of post bloom meetings begins next week o... more »

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