Crop Management

Applying compost in apple orchards could reduce need for synthetic fertilizer

As the saying goes, an apple a day keeps the doctor away. But what’s the key to growing a quality apple? Apple trees need access to important nutrients, which come from the soil. However, soil is... more »

Four nutrients in flower pollens improve honeybee gut health

For the first time, four nutritional compounds found in different flowers have been directly proven to enhance gut health of honeybees, boosting their immune system and increasing lifespan, based on a study by U.S. Department... more »

Survey to help national team explore how blueberry growers pollinate their fields

To better understand current blueberry pollination practices, growers across the United States are being asked to complete a short survey about their pollination practices. This survey is part of a USDA-funded project to develop improved pollination... more »

Bee-impersonating flies show pollinator potential

A tiny bee imposter, the syrphid fly, may be a big help to some gardens and farms, new research from Washington State University shows. An observational study in Western Washington found that out of more... more »

Semios acquires data mediation company Centricity

Semios, a precision-farming platform for permanent crops, announced June 21 it has acquired Centricity, developers of a suite of field data collection applications including ApRecs, a market-leading solution for agri-businesses. ApRecs allows growers to make better process... more »

Helm Agro and Alltech Crop Science announce partnership

Helm Agro and Alltech Crop Science announced June 17 a partnership to bridge the gap between traditional and biological crop input solutions. This new relationship applies a systems approach to support sustainable practices and provide... more »

UMaine researchers study how changing rainfall patterns could affect strawberries

University of Maine researchers are studying how changes in rainfall patterns caused by climate change could affect strawberries in the Northeast. Principal investigator Rachel Schattman, an assistant professor of sustainable agriculture, and her research team... more »

Soil Health Institute sets its virtual 2021 annual meeting

The Soil Health Institute, the non-profit charged with safeguarding and enhancing the vitality and productivity of soils, announced June 9 its much-anticipated annual meeting will be held on Aug. 11-12. This year’s theme is “Enriching... more »

Current Issue

Crunch Time Apple Growers expand retail outlets, growing acres for club apples

USApple: 244M bushels, down 5.7%

FGN 60th anniversary: Mechanical strawberry harvest got Michigan boost

Michigan Pomesters honor research technologist

A Q&A with Anna Wallis of Michigan State University

West Central Michigan’s new research station open

‘Genius Bar’ stage, return of social hour at 2021 Great Lakes EXPO

Biological industry maturing after decades of change

National Council of Agricultural Employers column: A show of hands outlines US farm labor trends

Notes from the Farm column: Machine maintenance proceeds amid world’s woes

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