Control weeds this fall to improve fruit crop fields next spring

Fall is a good time to apply residual and systemic herbicides for control of difficult and persistent weeds in perennial crops. Many of the residual herbicides labeled for tree fruit and small fruit are recommended... more »

Spotted Wing Drosophila catches are picking up

Widespread monitoring in commercial fruit farms across Michigan by Michigan State University research and Extension staff has so far detected spotted wing Drosophila (SWD) at only a small proportion of the hundreds of sites where... more »

National Blueberry Research and Promotion Program to continue

USDA announced that highbush blueberry producers and importers have voted to continue the Blueberry Promotion, Research and Information Order.USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service conducted the referendum from July 5 to July 26. Eighty-eight percent of eligible... more »

First spotted wing Drosophila trapped in a commercial fruit crop

A single spotted wing Drosophila (SWD) has been trapped in a commercial Michigan fruit crop. This first detection in a crop field for the 2011 growing season occurred a full two months earlier than our... more »

Comparison of fruit sampling methods for SWD in blueberries

Spotted wing Drosophila is a new, invasive insect pest of fruit crops that was first detected in Michigan in September 2010. At the time of this article (July 2011), there have been no detections of... more »

Nation’s fruit crops running late

Fruit harvests across the country will be later than usual this year thanks to cold, wet weather. Despite the delays, however, some forecasters are predicting larger-than-normal volumes for some crops in 2011.Those were two of... more »

N.J. blueberry farmer to pay $28K in labor fines

A farm crew contractor and the owners of a New Jersey blueberry farm agreed to pay $28,499 in fines to resolve two separate cases involving living conditions for farm workers and child labor.Brothers Anthony and... more »

MSU releases Spotted Wing Drosophila guide

Spotted wing Drosophila was detected last fall for the first time in the Midwest. This invasive insect is a potential pest of soft-skinned fruit, and there is a coordinated effort to ensure Michigan growers are... more »

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