Equipment

Rockford Package Supply grows with new building

Recognizing and building upon the contributions of those who helped nurture the agricultural industry in Michigan was among the reasons for an established packaging operation to spread its wings with a new facility. Howard Paulson,... more »

Degree-day maps on Enviro-weather updated

One of Michigan State University Enviro-weather’s most used applications, the growing degree-day (GDD) map series, has undergone a transformation in 2016. The format change was spurred partly out of the desire to update the maps,... more »

Simulation models enhance global crop management strategies

Growing up in Uruguay — a country with four cows per every person — Virginia Pravia was immersed in the agriculture industry at an early age. During summers and holidays, Pravia watched as her family... more »

Farm Bureau survey: farmers want control of their data

Farmers and ranchers want to control the information their equipment collects every time it passes through a field, a survey released by the American Farm Bureau Federation  (AFBF) shows. Farmers also believe that creating a... more »

Limit exposure by laundering clothing after pesticide applications

Pesticide-contaminated clothing needs to be treated differently than the rest of the family laundry. “Pesticides pose a potential health risk, even for the person handling and washing pesticide-contaminated clothing,” said Clyde Ogg, UNL pesticide safety... more »

Clemson smartphone apps tackle fruit diseases, pests

Fruit growers can now fight insects and disease from the palm of their hands with technology developed at Clemson University. Clemson University's MyIPM apps are available on on the Apple Store... more »

Equipment monitors orchard temperature

When it comes to apples, idealists continually search for the best one, pessimists settle for the one within easiest reach, while optimists take them all and make pies – or in the case of the... more »

USDA announces $5.2 million for nanotechnology research

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced an investment of more than $5.2 million to support nanotechnology research at 11 universities. The universities will research ways nanotechnology can be used to improve food safety, enhance renewable fuels,... more »

Pomesters name Schaefer Fruit Man of the Year

Michigan Pomesters recently named Jim Schaefer its 2016 Fruit Man of the Year. Schaefer, owner and president of Storage Control Systems (SCS) in Sparta, Michigan, is “very passionate about what he does. We can all... more »

Wash your hands with soap and water

The single most important thing produce growers, pickers and handlers can do to prevent the spread of foodborne illness is wash their hands. It can reduce foodborne illness by as much as 80 percent, and... more »


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