Crop Management

‘Hamburgers in Paradise’ author joins Syngenta board of directors

Louise O. Fresco is joining Syngenta's board of directors as an independent non-executive director, the company announced April 12. Fresco is currently President of Wageningen University & Research in The Netherlands. She combines a long... more »

Updated apple cropload management models are available

New versions of the Carbohydrate Model and Predicting Fruitset Model are available to apple growers. Phil Schwallier, Michigan State University Exension Educator, discussed the changes at the Spring Spray Meeting held April 16 in Sparta,... more »

Winegrape vineyards can be converted for machine pruning without replanting

Winegrape growers in the San Joaquin Valley who want to switch from hand pruning to mechanical pruning won't have to replant their vineyards to accommodate machinery, according to a new study published in HortTechnology by University of... more »

Robotic frost protection in orchards pursued at Penn State

A system that helps tree-fruit growers avoid frost damage to their crops by using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and ground-based robots, could be on the horizon, thanks to Penn State University researchers, supported by funding... more »

Deadline nears for orchard floor management workshop in Michigan

Michigan State University Extension and the Benzie Manistee Horticultural Society invite you to attend “Looking Below the Canopy: Orchard Floor Management to Minimize Orchard Pests and Optimize Fruit Quality.” This workshop will be held April 10,... more »

Comment sought on draft guidance for plant regulators, biostimulants

EPA is releasing for public comment Draft Guidance for Plant Regulators, Including Plant Biostimulants.(2 pp, 230 K, About PDF) In recognition of the growing categories of products generally known as plant biostimulants, this draft document gives guidance... more »

Potash production firms to pay $117M more in taxes

Potash production firms expect a $177 million increase in the taxes they will pay to the Saskatchewan provincial government. Potash is a common fertilizer used in specialty crop agriculture to enrich the soil with potassium.... more »

Genomics reveals secrets of optimal harvest, storage

The study of genomics is yielding useful information for preventing conditions such as soft scald and bitter pit in fruit. Genomics, “the study of genes, their sequence, structure, function, evolution and their expression,” helps to... more »


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