Crop Management

Michigan still adjusting to crop losses of 2012

2012 was a bad year for many fruit-producing states, but none were hit harder than Michigan. An early warm-up followed by devastating freeze events killed roughly 85 percent of the state’s apples and nearly 90... more »

Assistance in raspberry virus diagnosis offered

In recent years, an increasing number of raspberry growers have reported seeing berries that are smaller than usual, misshapen and crumbly when harvested, particularly in older fields. They may have been of such poor quality... more »

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 »


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