Crop Protection

Use copper sprays, orchard sanitation to manage disease

This winter probably will go down as the winter that wasn’t. Although my schedule is pretty jam packed during the “off season,” there is a restorative affect winter offers when everything is asleep outside and... more »

MSU survey aims to measure SWD impacts

Michigan State University researchers are part of a recently funded project, “Sustainable Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD) Management for United States Fruit Crops,” and the team is surveying fruit growers with two goals: Measure the impact of SWD throughout... more »

USDA announces $1.8 million for research on next generation pesticides

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Feb. 28 announced $1.8 million in available funding to research new, environmentally friendly pesticides and innovative tools and strategies to replace an older... more »

Early start to growing season means early start to disease control

The winter of 2016-17 was relatively warm with little snow. The coldest temperatures were in mid-December with lows just below zero. That was not cold enough to damage our Michigan fruit crops and we do... more »

New tool gives apple farms hope in fight against spring freezes

This February’s warm weather is nice in the Northeast, but apple farmers may pay a price if winter roars back. To help growers assess precarious temperatures in turbulent springs, the Cornell Institute for Climate Smart... more »

Survey seeks input on Enviroweather website redesign

Michigan State University (MSU) is working on modernizing its Enviroweather website. This is a major undertaking and will involve changes in the programming structure as well as the website appearance, according to the university. While the... more »

Southern IPM Center funds new projects

Nine researchers will pursue new methods for fighting a variety of pest management challenges in the South, in both agricultural and urban settings. Over the next year, the Southern IPM Center will spend a total... more »

Time to scout, manage spider mites in strawberries

Warm early spring weather, coupled with a mild winter, has set the stage for early pest activity in some crops. For strawberry growers, now is the time to start scouting for twospotted spider mites. Spider... more »

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Cover image of Fruit Growers News (FGN) July 2024 issue.

Talking tech: New app innovations aid growers

Smart tech wipes out pests: The latest trends in spraying automation

New Geneva rootstocks to help apple growers with size, yield, disease

Georgia peach success: Pearson Farm’s six generations find orchard happiness

FIRA preview: Tree fruit tech options abound at ag robotics conference

Fresh Views: Grapevine disease management tackled

Farm Market & Agritourism: Insights from the 2023 farm markets survey

National Plant Diagnostic Network

 

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