Crop Protection

Tackling phomopsis crucial for vineyards

Whether it’s battling phomopsis or other diseases, taking a cost-effective approach in designing a fungicide program is essential for vineyard management. “Consider not just the cost of the (fungicide) product but also the labor, fuel... more »

Obituary: Tom Butler, former apple division manager

Tom Butler, long-time manager of Michigan Processing Apple Growers, passed away July 25. He was 74.Butler began his career with the Michigan Processing Apple Growers Division of the Michigan Agricultural Commodities Marketing Association in 1973,... more »

Minnesota farm focuses on local sales

Operating a diversified fruit and vegetable farm within view of downtown Rochester, Minnesota, has put Sekapp Orchard in prime position to draw retail followers from across the region. The farm is currently operated by Terrence... more »

Meeting to tackle plum pox threat

The UC Davis Fruit and Nut Research and Information Center is organizing a two-day international meeting to address a new threat to the U.S. stone fruit industry, Plum Pox Virus (PPV, aka sharka disease).“Understanding and... more »

Wawona Packing issues voluntary stone fruit recall

California-based Wawona Packing has issued a voluntary nationwide recall of whole lots of whole white and yellow peaches, white and yellow nectarines, plums and pluots. The fruit is being recalled because of potential listeria contamination.The... more »

New Bayer center to study health of honeybees

Bayer CropScience’s North American Bee Care Center officially opened April 15 in Research Triangle Park, N.C., site of the company’s North American headquarters. The $2.4 million, 6,000-square-foot facility – which complements the Bee Care Center... more »

Expect to see more technology in produce facilities

There are two elements about the fresh-cut produce line of the future that we can be sure of: raw product will be received and a finished product will depart. The territory between these entry and... more »

European brown rot spore levels are high in tart cherry orchards

After examining European brown rot strikes from tart cherry tree samples in northwest Michigan, extensive sporulation was observed, particularly at the base of dead flowers infected last year. Initiate control sprays at popcorn this year.... more »


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