Crop Management

Pruning mature trees in a semi-dwarf apple orchard

Apples are a long-lived perennial crop, thus most fruit farms have several blocks of trees that vary in age and size. Many orchard enterprises have adopted intensive (≥ 518 trees per acre) orchard systems over... more »

Spotted wing drosophila webinar for Michigan sweet and tart cherry growers

Michigan State University Extension and MSU AgBioResearch, along with the Michigan Cherry Committee, are hosting an online Zoom webinar on Friday, Nov. 20, 2015, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. to learn about the invasive... more »

SWMREC to host grape grower meeting Nov. 24

Michigan State University Extension will host a grape meeting Nov. 24, from 9 a.m. to noon, at the Southwest Michigan Research and Extension Center (SWMREC), 1791 Hillandale Road, Benton Harbor Michigan. To register, make check... more »

Trimble adds network of independent ag consultants

Trimble has acquired the assets of privately held AGRI-TREND of Red Deer, Alberta, Canada, which operates the largest network of independent agricultural consultants in North America. The acquisition will enable Trimble to provide agronomists and... more »

Precision Planting purchased by John Deere

Deere & Company and The Climate Corporation, a subsidiary of Monsanto Company, have signed definitive agreements for Deere to acquire the Precision Planting LLC equipment business and to enable exclusive near real-time data connectivity between... more »

Hard cider: Big block could place orchard ahead of the curve

Ridgeview Orchards decided to take the plunge and plant 20 acres of hard cider apples. Dan Dietrich, who runs the Conklin, Michigan, orchard with his father, uncle and cousin, planted the block this spring. Despite... more »

Handheld meters, testers introduced by Dosatron

Dosatron International has introduced HM Digital handheld meters and testers to the Dilution Solutions product line. These handheld meters and testers, in both professional and economy lines, will increase the efficiency of mineral nutrient water... more »

Timing of mechanical pruning impacts labor, fruit quality

When it comes to mechanical pruning, or hedging, Stefano Musacchi puts an emphasis on improving the size of the fruit, as well as its flavor. Musacchi, associate professor of horticulture at Washington State University, is... more »


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