Crop Management

Waiting to harvest after a rain enhances food safety

To protect consumers from foodborne illness, produce farmers should wait 24 hours after a rain or irrigating their fields to harvest crops, according to new research published in the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology.Rain or... more »

Breeding, energy, shelf life will drive future of storage

What might fruit storage look like in the future? Several experts shared their thoughts with FGN. Randy Beaudry, a horticulture professor at Michigan State University, said storage technology has pushed fruit about as hard as... more »

MRLs could pose trade barrier for U.S. fruit exports

Market pressures are forcing growers to be more aware of the impacts of maximum residue levels (MRLs) on their product. Without attention to detail, they could be locked out of markets in the global food... more »

Finalized Clean Water Rule released amid ag pushback

Agriculture groups were critical of the anticipated impact of new rules expanding the definition of protected waterways recently issued by EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. According to the administration of President Barack... more »

Safe repellents that protect fruit from SWD found

Insects destroy a very large fraction of the global agricultural output – nearly 40 percent. The spotted wing Drosophila (Drosophila suzukii), for example, feeds on ripening fruits. A nuisance especially in Northern California and Europe,... more »

Controlling cherry leaf spot in orchards with existing symptoms

Cherry leaf spot is the most important fungal disease of tart cherries in Michigan. The leaf spot fungus, Blumeriella jaapii, typically infects leaves and symptoms first appear on upper leaf surfaces as small, purple spots.... more »

Excessive rain promotes Phytophthora diseases in raspberries, strawberries

In a rainy year, there is a higher risk of diseases caused by Oomycetes, also called “water molds,” especially Phytophthora species, which thrive in waterlogged soils and areas with standing water for periods of time.... more »

Weather ideal for start of downy mildew in grapes

Downy mildew, caused by the oomycete Plasmopara viticola, has gotten off to a good start in 2015 due to copious rainfall, moderately warm temperatures and high relative humidity over the past weeks. Downy mildew was... more »


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