Crop Protection

Honeybee diagnostic services could be coming to MSU

Michigan State University Diagnostic Services has been a source for timely identification of plant virus and pathogens, plant-parasitic nematodes and insect pests since 1999. This multidisciplinary team of professional biologists has traditionally served growers, homeowners,... more »

MSU publishes Michigan regional fruit reports

Here are Michigan's regional fruit reports for April 7, courtesy of Michigan State University Extension.West MichiganWeather. A bit similar to 2014, spring is slow to arrive in 2015. Fruit growers tend to be pleased with... more »

Dormant oil can be effective way to control tree fruit pests

Michigan State University Extension educators and growers around the state reported higher than typical San Jose scale numbers on apple fruit in bins in 2013 and somewhat in 2014. Dormant oil is an effective method... more »

PSU: Learn from 2014 fire blight epidemic

For those of you who heard my fire blight presentation at the Mid­-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention and/or heard my talks during the 2015 winter meetings, you may be experiencing a sense of déjà vu…... more »

FDA declares Arctic Apples ‘safe and nutritious’

FDA has completed its evaluation for two varieties of apples genetically engineered by Okanagan Specialty Fruits, and concluded that these foods are as safe and nutritious as their conventional counterparts.Okanagan’s Granny Smith and Golden Delicious... more »

Winter damage likely to Pennsylvania berries

The question that seems to be on every berry grower’s mind is how much winter injury occurred this winter. This, of course, depends on the crop.StrawberriesI expect that we will see injury in some locations,... 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 »

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First UF blackberry day shows growers challenges, opportunities

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Powdery mildew detector fights strawberry disease

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