Grapes

Solar panels power California grape grower

By its nature, agriculture is solar friendly; after all, without the sun, nothing grows. Growers in some parts of the country, however – particularly California – are using solar power in concrete and technologically sophisticated... more »

Cornell looking for names for two new grape varieties

Cornell scientists are asking the public for names for two new wine grape varieties that will be released from their breeding program in 2013.The two latest varieties from grape breeder Bruce Reischinclude a cold-hardy white... more »

California registers Double Nickel

The California Department of Pesticide Regulation has issued a certificate of registration allowing state farmers the use of Double Nickel 55 fungicide. A product from Certis USA, Double Nickel is a new generation of bacterial... more »

Minnesota ag report shows profitability of specialty crops

he Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) released a new report detailing the financial performance of nine types of specialty crops in Minnesota.The report Minnesota Specialty Crop Farm Performance 2008-2011 includes enterprise data for apples, blueberries,... more »

Bill Shoemaker retiring from University of Illinois

When Bill Shoemaker was finishing his degree at the University of Illinois, he intended to become a full-time grower. His instructors, however, pushed him to apply for a job that had come open. He applied... more »

Growers need crop insurance to be more transparent

Fruit growers don’t tend to be big fans of federal crop insurance, said Mark Seetin, director of regulatory and industry affairs for the U.S. Apple Association. “If you ask 100 farmers, ‘Raise your hand if... more »

SWD becoming more established in Michigan

The spotted wing drosophila (SWD) is an invasive pest of berries, stone fruit, grapes and some pome fruit crops. It is native to Asia but was detected in North America for the first time in... more »

Michigan governor signs bill to help farmers recover from loss

Legislation providing loans to farmers who suffered catastrophic crop losses following unseasonable weather this spring is among the key bills recently signed by Gov. Rick Snyder. Abnormally high temperatures in early March were followed by... more »

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