MSU’s George Sundin says fire blight risk very high in Michigan

Temperatures over the past several days, from May 20 to 22, 2020, have been in the 60s and could have allowed the initial buildup of the fire blight pathogen. Forecast temperatures in the low to... more »

USApple converting Outlook Conference into two-day virtual event

The U.S. Apple Association announced May 22 that it will move its annual apple industry 2020 Outlook Conference to an online format for 2020. The organization issued the following statement: "Typically, we would be opening... more »

Michigan State University Extension offers free farm stress webinars

On Tuesday, June 9, 2020, Michigan State University Extension educators will host two free webinars addressing the effects of farm stress on farmers, family members, and workers in the agricultural field. Nicole Persing-Wethington and Sean Knurek with... more »

Michigan agency offers guidance to U-pick operations in advance of opening

As warmer weather approaches, so does Michigan’s U-pick season. Farm operations across the state are working so they can safely open and operate in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Michigan Department of Agriculture... more »

Sarah Frey to be honored at 2020 Women in Produce LIVE! General Session

Sarah Frey, president and CEO of Frey Farms, and founder of Tsamma Watermelon Juice and Sarah’s Home Grown, will be the honoree and featured speaker at the Women in Produce LIVE! General Session at noon... more »

At blossom time, Michigan apple growers assess ‘minimal damage’ from cold

It is one of the most beautiful and fragrant times of year in Michigan. Apple blossom time is here, and Michigan apple growers continue their work to ensure a strong crop for the 2020 harvest.... more »

Michigan’s Robinette Orchards’ James Robinette dies at age 92

James Edward Robinette, age 92, died Sunday, May 17, 2020 at Vista Springs Northview nursing home in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Pauline Robinette and brother-in-law, Richard... more »

AgLetter reports Midwest farmland values little changed in first quarter

Agricultural land values for the Seventh Federal Reserve District edged up 1% in the first quarter of 2020 from a year ago, despite challenges to the farm sector related to COVID-19. Overall, there was no... more »

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