South Carolina ag workers exempt from employer immigration checks

A loophole in the S.C. immigration law exempts farmworkers and private maids and nannies from a mandatory immigration status check.The law, which went into effect Jan. 1, requires all private employers in South Carolina to... more »

Unseasonably warm weather puts fruit growers on alert

The growing season is off to a very early start across the Great Lakes and much of the central and eastern U.S., according to Jeff Andresen and Aaron Pollyea in the Michigan State University Extension... more »

Treat peach leaf curl now

The warm weather forecast for this week and next, with highs forecast in the 70s and lows near 50, means that fruit trees will begin growth and grow rapidly. We may be several weeks ahead... more »

MSU looks at funding for ag research stations

Michigan State University will close its Muck Soils Research Farm in Laingsburg and is weighing the fate of at least one more of its 15 agricultural research stations statewide.Steve Pueppke, director of MSU AgBioResearch, said... more »

Arkansas peach trees bloom early; late freeze still possible

Record warm temperatures have peach trees blooming in western Arkansas, leaving growers worried that a late freeze could hurt their crop.After a similarly mild winter in 2007, a freeze in early April wiped out the... more »

Grower finds nectarine growing on peach tree

In the spring of 2010, Kenneth Crews, owner of Crews Family Orchard in Gretna, Va., was thinning peaches when he noticed something strange. “I sat down on the tailgate of my truck to take a... more »

Fruit, vegetable crops need honeybees

Every third mouthful of food we eat, directly or indirectly, depends on honeybee pollination, according to Donald Lam, a beekeeper and member of the Holland Area Beekeepers Association in Holland, Mich. Lam gave a presentation... more »

New device makes peach thinning a Cinch

When Phil Miller of Manistee, Mich., came up with the idea for a portable device to help take the pine cones out of Christmas trees, he immediately thought of another use for it. All it... more »

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