Crop Management

Assessing fruit bud survival and crop potential

A series of advective freeze events have damaged fruit buds, and following an additional freeze this weekend, growers will want to assess crop potential. It can be discouraging to count the buds that didn't survive... more »

Pesticides under more scrutiny

When “Silent Spring” was published in 1962, it triggered “fundamental changes” in the way pests were managed, said Jerry Baron, executive director of the IR-4 Project. Rachel Carson’s book was critical of the way pesticides... more »

Compass Minerals launches Protassium+ Organic

Compass Minerals has announced the release of Protassium+ Organic, a potassium fertilizer. Protassium+ Organic is a dual-nutrient, concentrated sulfate of potash (SOP) offering high potassium (50 percent potassium) and plant-available sulfate sulfur, the company said.... more »

Do you need to worry about early spring freezes?

In early spring as fruit trees begin to grow, many people are worried that freezing temperatures will kill the buds of their fruit trees. These buds can handle very low temperatures in the winter. Just... more »

Climate change effects on agriculture vary

In an effort to forecast how climate change may affect agriculture, University of California agricultural economists looked at how climate has affected crop acreage in the past. The effect of temperature changes on plants depends... more »

US Senators call for review of Syngenta acquisition

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), ranking member of the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee, has led a bipartisan letter co-signed by U.S. Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Joni Ernst (R-IA) – members of the... more »

USDA announces $5.2 million for nanotechnology research

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced an investment of more than $5.2 million to support nanotechnology research at 11 universities. The universities will research ways nanotechnology can be used to improve food safety, enhance renewable fuels,... more »

West Michigan degree days ahead of schedule

Degree day totals for the general west Michigan area jumped ahead of the normal average at the beginning of March, but have slowed recently, according to Amy Irish-Brown, Extension educator with Michigan State University. Irish-Brown... more »

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Talking tech: New app innovations aid growers

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