Crop Management

Codling moth back to normal in 2015

The catastrophic freeze of 2012 resulted in a near collapse of codling moth populations in most regions of Michigan. Codling moth (CM) populations remained suppressed through much of the 2013 growing season. Based on 2014... more »

EPA proposing temporary pesticide-free zones for honeybees

U.S. environmental regulators on Thursday proposed a rule that would create temporary pesticide-free zones to protect commercial honeybees, which are critical to food production and have been dying off at alarming rates.The restrictions are aimed... more »

Effectively controlling plum curculio in stone and pome fruits

Plum curculio is a key early season pest on pome and stone fruits. There are many insecticides available for plum curculio control, but their performance characteristics vary greatly compared to our traditional broad-spectrum chemistries. These... more »

Finalized Clean Water Rule released

Agriculture groups were busy analyzing the impact of new government rules issued May 27 by EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.“We are undertaking a thorough analysis of the final WOTUS (Waters of the... more »

Merivon, a new fungicide option for disease control in strawberries

Merivon is a pre-mix fungicide containing two systemic active ingredients: fluxapyroxad (succinate dehydrogenase inhibitors or SDHI, FRAC group 7) and pyraclostrobin (quinone outside inhibitors or QoI or strobilurins, FRAC Group 11). Fluxapyroxad is a new... more »

NRCS invests $21 million to aid drought-stricken areas

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will invest approximately $21 million in additional Farm Bill dollars to help farmers and ranchers apply science-based solutions to mitigate the short and... more »

Chlorothalonil use for pre-shuck split cherry leaf spot control

The goal of early cherry leaf spot sprays is to prevent or delay initial infection events. Based on our previous observations, cherry leaf spot infection levels can rise to epidemic proportions under weather conditions that... more »

USDA funding available for food safety training, outreach, technical assistance

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced the availability of $2.3 million for the establishment of regional centers to support comprehensive food safety training and education, pursuant to... more »

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Wafler Farms: family, fruit, nursery

MSU Extension educator relishes new opportunity

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Cyber world calls for diligent IT protection

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