Crop Management

Georgia blueberries impacted by deep freezes

Early blueberry varieties felt the chill of deep freezes during January and February, according to University of Georgia (UGA) blueberry specialist Erick Smith.“I do know that the flowers that were open during the freezes, especially... more »

Report: IPM now conventional pest management out West

Many integrated pest management practices are so widely adopted in Western agriculture they have become conventional pest management.That is one of the key findings of a new report by the Western Integrated Pest Management Center,... more »

USDA announces $66.5 million for specialty, organic crops

USDA has announced the availability of more than $66.5 million in funding for research and Extension activities to address the needs of America’s specialty crop industry and solve critical organic agricultural production issues. The grants... more »

Mid-Atlantic a great place to grow organic apples, peaches

Organic fruit growing in the mid-Atlantic region can be successful and profitable with careful study and planning.There are natural features in the mid-Atlantic that offer nearly ideal conditions for growing high-quality organic fruit. The climate... more »

Bayer consolidating fungicide brands

Bayer CropScience has announced the consolidation of the Ballad Plus and Sonata fungicide brands into a single brand: Sonata fungicide. The patent-protected Sonata product is based on a unique strain of Bacillus pumilus (QST 2808),... more »

SWMREC to host spring grape kick-off meeting

Berrien County MSU Extension in 2015 will be hosting several in-season Integrated Pest Management meetings for all grape growers.The first of these grape meetings, the Spring Kick-off Meeting, will start at 2 p.m. March 24... more »

IFTA hands out annual awards

The International Fruit Tree Association (IFTA) recently convened in Halifax, Nova Scotia, for its 58th Annual Conference and Tours. During the conference, IFTA recognized industry leaders in four different categories.Extension Award. The Outstanding Extension Worker... more »

Growers will have to adapt to changing weather patterns

Last year was Earth’s warmest since 1880, according to NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The two agencies recently announced that Earth’s average surface temperature has warmed by about 1.4˚ F since... more »


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