Crop Management

Effects of extreme heat on blueberry pollination

During the 2018 growing season, Michigan experienced an unprecedented heat-wave on Memorial Day weekend, in late May (Figure 1). Weather stations in west Michigan reported hours-long conditions above 90 degrees Fahrenheit over that weekend. Additionally,... more »

Bio Huma Netics adds Rich Lamar to the Humic Research team

On May 1, 2019,  Richard Lamar joined Bio Huma Netics (BHN) as senior director of Humic Research. Lamar has a B.S. in Biology from the University of Miami, a M.S. in Forestry from Mississippi State... more »

Consider Gibberellin use for fruit set on blueberries

Gibberellin acid (GA) is naturally produced by blueberry seeds. In well-pollinated berries, Gibberellin is abundant and promotes normal berry growth. Without pollination and seed production, berries abort or do not size fully. When bee activity... more »

 Syngenta touts Grow More Experience, Agronomy in Action engagement

In 2019, Syngenta’s in-field demonstration platform will have 80 site locations across North America, an expansion from 2018. The enhancement, covering both Grow More Experience and Agronomy in Action locations will allow the company to... more »

Misshapen strawberries caused by poor pollination

Most commonly, misshapen strawberries during spring result from poor pollination. Strawberries are aggregate fruits. They have multiple ovules per receptacle where the fruit is formed. The strawberry receptacle may have up to 500 ovules per... more »

Berries, cherries deteriorate quickly if cold chain system breaks down

Small-diameter berries and cherries can be a costly casualty to food producers if they’re not kept at the right temperature. “Small diameter and fairly expensive fresh produce, especially berries, can deteriorate very quickly if the... more »

UV light may be ripe to replace chemicals in fungal fight

Growers may no longer have to rely on fungicides to control powdery mildew (PM) – a rampant fungal disease that affects nearly all plant species. The international, multidisciplinary Light and Plant Health team of researchers... more »

Ag census reveals reports of kiwiberry production in the Northeast

For the first time since the USDA began keeping statistics in 1840, farmers from several Northeast states, including New Hampshire, are reporting kiwifruit production operations. The news comes six years after the New Hampshire Agricultural... more »


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