SWD survey seeks grower responses

A new survey is seeking responses from growers regarding spotted wing drosophila (SWD) management. The survey is part of the "Sustainable Spotted Wind Dosophila Management for U.S. Fruit Crops" project, funded by the USDA National... more »

Assessing fruit bud survival and crop potential

A series of advective freeze events have damaged fruit buds, and following an additional freeze this weekend, growers will want to assess crop potential. It can be discouraging to count the buds that didn't survive... more »

2016 fruit insecticide registration update

The following is a review of insecticide and miticide label changes and restrictions to the Michigan State University Extension Bulletin E0154, “2016 Michigan Fruit Management Guide.” Agri-chemical labels and regulations can change quickly, so use this... more »

MSU Extension names Jeff Dwyer director

Jeff Dwyer has been named director of Michigan State University (MSU) Extension, effective immediately. Dwyer has been interim director since Jan.... more »

Penn State Extension educator to help with FSMA compliance

In a move that increases its capacity to teach Pennsylvania agricultural producers how to comply with new federal food-safety demands, Penn State Extension recently hired an experienced educator in the field. With 29 years of... more »

Try these labor-attracting strategies

Growers in Michigan should review their current methods for attracting and retaining workers and be flexible to try new methods and strategies to attract workers to the farm. Farms are competing with local manufacturers, construction,... more »

Field practices protect water quality from herbicides

As you begin to prepare your fields for this growing season farmers need to make the necessary steps to ensure that herbicides stay out of surface and groundwater. The following field practices recommended by Michigan... more »

Extension agents help experienced growers break into new fields

When life-long cattle and row-crop farmer John Pratt asked Sherri Sanders, the White County Cooperative Extension Service’s agricultural agent, what she thought of him delving into the world of peach growing, her answer was straight... more »

Irrigation water spread tracked in blueberries

One of the most important production practices to attain optimum blueberry yields is irrigation management. Efficient application of supplemental irrigation will enhance crop yields and help reduce overall production costs. With this in mind, Bob... more »

2016 Blueberry Kickoff Meeting set for March 21

Michigan State University Extension blueberry team’s annual Blueberry Kickoff Meeting will be March 21, at the MSU Trevor Nichols Research Center. The meeting will start at 1 p.m. and conclude about 5 p.m. [caption id="attachment_9963" align="alignright"... more »

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