Crop Management

Geneva rootstock program aiding the U.S. apple industry

With 600 acres of apple trees in Walden, New York, Jeff Crist faces a number of threats from nature each year. Fire blight, a bacterial disease that attacks blossoms, shoots and limbs, has been known... more »

MSU gets USDA grant to study pollination solutions

USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has awarded a $6.9 million grant to Michigan State University (MSU) to develop sustainable pollination strategies for specialty crops in the United States. The grant was funded... more »

MSU Extension adds small fruit educator

Michigan State University Extension’s (MSU) Ag & Agribusiness Institute (AABI) has added Brad Baughman as the new Extension Educator for small fruit and horticulture in Berrien County. Baughman, who began his duties in June, will... more »

Northwest Michigan tries hand at apples

Long a hot spot for cherries, northwest Michigan fruit growers are hoping to make inroads into high-density apple production. The research necessary to identify proper rootstock, irrigation and fertilization requirements in the region continues to... more »

Minnesota farm focuses on local sales

Operating a diversified fruit and vegetable farm within view of downtown Rochester, Minnesota, has put Sekapp Orchard in prime position to draw retail followers from across the region. The farm is currently operated by Terrence... more »

Meeting to tackle plum pox threat

The UC Davis Fruit and Nut Research and Information Center is organizing a two-day international meeting to address a new threat to the U.S. stone fruit industry, Plum Pox Virus (PPV, aka sharka disease).“Understanding and... more »

MSU opens enrollment for off-campus courses

The Michigan State University Institute of Agricultural Technology (MSU IAT) is offering several classes this fall, including a course in Tree Fruit Production and Management.MSU IAT has been conducting plant, animal and technology certificate courses... more »

Strawberries set tone for Carolina grower

Strawberries start the season at Porter Farms & Nursery, and often predict how the rest of the year will go. “If I don’t have a good strawberry year, it’s a bad year,” said Ashley Porter,... more »

Water proposal could burden farms

Farmers have until Oct. 20 to tell EPA how they feel about its proposal to expand the “Waters of the United States” regulation under the Clean Water Act. EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of... more »

Guesstimate confirms fruit crops survived winter’s hit

The brutal polar vortex that struck much of the country this past winter, including the Midwest, caused enough damage to curb hopes for a second consecutive bumper crop in most areas, but overall predictions were... more »

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