Crop Protection

Virus Found in New York, Michigan

After causing a stir six years ago, plum pox virus (PPV) laid low while government officials conducted mopping up operations in Pennsylvania and Ontario. Then, within a month this summer, PPV was found in New... more »

Lured by Good Market, Mexican Growers Battle Harsh Conditions

Mexico shows its least attractive face to Americans entering from above its northern border. Not only do we carry in our memories the televised images of illegal immigrants sneaking through the deserts of the Southwest,... more »

Research Station Will Likely Lose Its Peach and Plum Fruit Trees

While no official quarantine had been announced, one was expected soon. And when it comes, Michigan State University’s (MSU) Southwest Michigan Research and Extension Center (SWMREC) near Benton Harbor, where plum pox was found in... more »

Cloned Food Products? We Just Call Them Apples

As the new year began, FDA proclaimed that products such as meat and milk from cloned animals are safe for human consumption. A person with a science-based education might wonder why anyone would think such... more »

Primocane Raspberries Fit Just Fine on Maryland Farm

If managing raspberries were easy, would they still sell for $4.50 a pint? Nathan Milburn hopes so. In 2001, Milburn Orchards ventured into raspberries for the first time. The Elkton, Md., family was expanding the... more »

Brown Rot Shrivels Prune Production in California

Brown rot is one of the most economically and ecologically important diseases affecting California's $100 million prune industry, say plant pathologists with The American Phytopathological Society (APS).According to Themis Michailides, plant pathologist with the Department... more »

More Plum Pox Virus Found

Discoveries of plum pox virus outside of Pennsylvania now total three, one confirmed in Michigan on Aug. 11 and two confirmed in New York's Niagara County. The New York findings were on July 17 on... more »

Plum Pox Virus Detected in Michigan

Aggressive efforts are under way to manage the plum pox virus (PPV), which the USDA found in samples collected from a routine survey at the Michigan State University Southwest Michigan Research and Extension Center (SWMREC)... more »


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