Crop Management

Crop damage: Northern Michigan orchards are ‘devastated’

On Aug. 2 a storm swept through Northern Michigan leaving fruit crops “devastated.” Large hail and damaging winds have been reported throughout the area.Apple, grape and tart cherry crops were left in shambles — a... more »

BREAKING: Northwest Michigan assesses storm impact

Agricultural businesses were busy assessing storm damage Aug. 3 to orchards and packinghouses following strong thunderstorms overnight in the Grand Traverse region of northwestern Michigan.Tom Berg, director of marketing for the Shoreline Fruit cooperative of... more »

ReTain Plant Growth Regulator now registered with double application

Valent U.S.A. Corporation announced today that ReTain Plant Growth Regulator has been registered by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with a new label use that allows pome fruit growers to make a second ReTain application... more »

United Fresh applauds introduction of Senate water legislation

United Fresh Produce Association strongly supports the introduction of the California Emergency Drought Relief Act, S. 1894, by Senators Feinstein and Boxer of California, which falls on the heels of recently passed legislation by the... more »

Ground truthing technology utilizes sensors to determine crop trends

Agriculture today has transformed into a high-tech enterprise that most 20th century farmers might barely recognize. Alex Thomasson, professor of biological and agricultural engineering at Texas A&M University, said it was only 100 years ago... more »

USDA broadens crop insurance options for fruit producers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the expansion of crop insurance to provide additional options for fruit and nut producers. The Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO) and the Actual Production History (APH) Yield Exclusion are... more »

Jolene Brown to keynote farm marketing program at Great Lakes EXPO

Jolene Brown will make the keynote presentation for the farm marketing program at the 2015 Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable and Farm Market EXPO, to be held Dec. 8-10 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.Brown is a farmer,... more »

Funding will help farm workers hurt by California drought

According to Lesley McClurg, a food and sustainability reporter at Capital Public Radio, new state and federal funding will provide relief for farm workers hurt by the California drought.Here are the specifics: An estimated 18,000... more »

BREAKING: House passes GMO labeling law

According to multiple sources, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a labeling law that “blocks any mandatory labeling of foods made with genetically engineered crops, including pre-empting a state law set to take effect next... more »

Recap: IFTA’s 2015 Regional Summer Tour

Innovation and dexterity are in ample supply in the Washington state fruit industry. This was on full display during the International Fruit Tree Association (IFTA) summer tour in mid-July.At Stemilt Ag Services – Saddle Mountain... more »


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