Crop Protection

Cranberry school covers fruit rot, other threats

If Wisconsin cranberry growers had a higher incidence of fruit rot in 2016 than usual, should they intensify their fungicide spray program this coming season? Not necessarily, said University of Wisco... 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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MSU survey aims to measure SWD impacts

Michigan State University researchers are part of a recently funded project, “Sustainable Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD) Management for United State... more »

USDA announces $1.8 million for research on next generation pesticides

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Feb. 28 announced $1.8 million in available funding t... more »

Early start to growing season means early start to disease control

The winter of 2016-17 was relatively warm with little snow. The coldest temperatures were in mid-December with lows just below zero. That was not cold... more »

New tool gives apple farms hope in fight against spring freezes

This February’s warm weather is nice in the Northeast, but apple farmers may pay a price if winter roars back. To help growers assess precarious tem... more »

Survey seeks input on Enviroweather website redesign

Michigan State University (MSU) is working on modernizing its Enviroweather website. This is a major undertaking and will involve changes in the prog... more »

Southern IPM Center funds new projects

Nine researchers will pursue new methods for fighting a variety of pest management challenges in the South, in both agricultural and urban settings. O... more »

Time to scout, manage spider mites in strawberries

Warm early spring weather, coupled with a mild winter, has set the stage for early pest activity in some crops. For strawberry growers, now is the tim... more »

California authorizes fungicide in orchards with standing water

The California Department of Pesticide Regulation (CA DPR) has authorized the emergency application of Pristine fungicide and select other products to... more »

Identifying the invasive stink bug

Several insects look similar to the invasive brown marmorat­ed stink bug (BMSB), includ­ing brown stink bug, spined soldier bug, and dusky stink bug... more »

Howler puts AgBiome in market position

AgBiome, a biotechnology company, said it has compiled the world’s largest collection of fully sequenced and annotated microbes from the plant micro... more »


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