Crop Management

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 »

OMEX Agrifluids adds sales reps to handle eastern US, Great Lakes regions

. OMEX Agrifluids, a worldwide producer of liquid crop production inputs, has added two new members to its eastern U.S. sales team. Rock Klenk is the territory manager for... more »

ReTain trial conducted in Balaton tart cherry and Regina sweet cherry

The plant growth regulator ReTain reduces ethylene production in cherry flowers and delays flower senescence. In this Michigan State University Extension trial, we tried to improve fruit set in the light yielding cherry varieties, Balaton tart cherry and Regina... more »

Tissue cultivation helps quick adaptation of Geneva rootstocks

Last summer, when Cornell University applied fruit crop physiologist Terence Robinson returned from a three-year sabbatical from Northeast apple orchards, a surprise was waiting for him. Adoption of Geneva rootstocks released by Cornell had exploded.... more »

Grape winter injury recovery meeting April 24 in southwest Michigan

A Grape Winter Injury Meeting is scheduled from 9 a.m. -3 p.m. on April 24, at the Southwest Michigan Research and Extension Center in Berrien County, 1791 Hillandale Rd, Benton Harbor, MI 49022. Commercial wine, juice and table grape growers... more »

‘Hamburgers in Paradise’ author joins Syngenta board of directors

Louise O. Fresco is joining Syngenta's board of directors as an independent non-executive director, the company announced April 12. Fresco is currently President of Wageningen University & Research in The Netherlands. She combines a long... more »

Updated apple cropload management models are available

New versions of the Carbohydrate Model and Predicting Fruitset Model are available to apple growers. Phil Schwallier, Michigan State University Exension Educator, discussed the changes at the Spring Spray Meeting held April 16 in Sparta,... more »


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