Midwest

Pollinator supportive trees and shrubs for farm and orchard windbreaks

Windbreaks are rows of trees or shrubs that are planted to reduce the force of wind. They provide many benefits by reducing wind speeds, moderating soil and air temperature, reducing soil erosion and evaporation, and... more »

Small wetlands adjacent to farms can reduce runoff

Wetlands built next to farms can dramatically reduce excess nutrients reaching vital waterways, according to a study. Crops need nutrients like nitrogen and phosphorus to grow and thrive. However, excess nutrients from farms can wash... more »

Hybrid 2022 Michigan Blueberry Kick Off Meeting is April 14

Michigan State University Extension and the Small Fruit Team invite all berry growers to attend the 2022 Blueberry Kick Off zoom/in-person meeting to receive updates on research and Extension issues important for Michigan’s small fruit... more »

MDARD, USDA to implement conservation program in Michigan

Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) announced April 5 a pivotal conservation agreement with the United States Department of Agriculture’s Farm Services Agency (FSA), which reinstates Michigan’s Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP). The... more »

Ohio Produce Growers & Marketers Association mourns death of Dick Bachman

The Ohio Produce Growers and Marketers Association would like to keep the family of Dick Bachman in our thoughts and prayers for their recent loss. Richard Lee “Dick” Bachman of Carroll, Ohio passed away peacefully... more »

American Agri-Women hosts midyear meeting

American Agri-Women (AAW) updated its legislative policy positions in the areas of natural resources, commodities and education, and ag business and economics at its annual mid-year meeting held recently in Jordan, Utah. AAW, a national... more »

Michigan Blueberry producers approve continuation referendum

Michigan’s blueberry producers have approved a referendum to continue the Michigan Blueberry Research and Education Program for an additional five years beginning May 1. Established in February 2017, the Michigan Blueberry Research and Education Program... more »

Viewing physiology of fruit thinning, available online tools

As most of you know thinning is not an exact science. There are many factors that can make a thinning chemical work effectively and others that make it less effective. Alan Lakso, Emeritus at Cornell... more »

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