Midwest

Michigan governor, MDARD to allow commercial solar panels on farmland

On June 3, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) Director Gary McDowell announced MDARD’s decision to allow land currently enrolled in the department’s Farmland and Open Space Preservation Program... more »

UFO peach system finds favor at Windy Ridge

When Gregory Lang conducts tree fruit research in search of orchard technologies that are optimized, efficient production systems, he does so knowing the fruit-growing community may or may not embrace his findings. The Michigan State... more »

Minnesota agritourism tour planned for July

A July tour of Minnesota agritourism is being offered by the North American Farmers’ Direct Marketing Association (NAFDMA). Thirteen farms will be visited during the two days of the tour, July 23-24, with buses departing... more »

Michigan upgrades, expands weather station network

Michigan growers can look for a better, and slightly bigger, version of Enviroweather to be at their fingertips. Enviroweather, Michigan’s network of weather stations and modeling tools, next year will feature a new website design... more »

Southwest Michigan fruit grower Otto Jasper Jr. dies at age 94

Otto John Jasper, Jr., 94, of St. Joseph, Michigan died Tuesday, May 28, 2019, 5:28 A.M. at Hanson Hospice Center, with his two daughters by his side. A... more »

Effects of extreme heat on blueberry pollination

During the 2018 growing season, Michigan experienced an unprecedented heat-wave on Memorial Day weekend, in late May (Figure 1). Weather stations in west Michigan reported hours-long conditions above 90 degrees Fahrenheit over that weekend. Additionally,... more »

Viticulture Field Day in Michigan slated for June 13

Michigan State University’s Southwest Michigan Research and Extension Center, Michigan State University (MSU) Extension, Michigan Grape Society, and with additional sponsorship provided by Lake Michigan College Wine and Viticulture Technology Program and Certis USA will... more »

Preparing for gall wasp emergence in Michigan blueberry fields

The Michigan Enviroweather model predicts blueberry gall wasp emergence starting later this week. Blueberry gall wasp is a small insect pest that affects some of the cultivars common in Michigan, with the greatest infestation seen... more »


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