Michigan State University

Free ag drone training course offered by MSU

Michigan State University (MSU) is offering free drone training for people involved in the Michigan agriculture industry. The course, offered through MSU’s Department of Geography, Environment and Spatial Sciences, is available to up to 20... more »

Michigan Apple Committee funds 10 research projects

The Michigan Apple Committee (MAC) board has approved almost $240,000 in funding for 2023 industry research projects. The 10 projects were approved at the March board meeting. Research funding is a part of MAC’s mission... more »

Tart cherry research targets innovation

A multidisciplinary team of researchers at Utah State University (USU) and Michigan State University (MSU) are investigating more efficient ways to manage the state’s tart cherry crop, which yields sales between $7 million-$21 million annually.... more »

Netting on fruit trees curbs thinning needs

Results from six years of evaluation by tree fruit researchers have demonstrated that insect exclusion netting can be used to reduce or eliminate apple thinning. Preliminary findings of the work were presented July 28 as... more »

MSU names director of Institute for Agricultural Technology

Michigan State University has selected a new director for its Institute for Agricultural Technology (IAT), which offers agricultural educational programs to graduates through industry-specific training. Jennifer Rivera starts in the role Jan. 1. She’s been... more »

Pest, disease controls keep Michigan blueberry growers busy

An online survey of Michigan blueberry growers confirmed the biggest challenges in 2021 involved insect control, with nearly 22% of respondents listing it as the top issue. But disease management challenges were quickly cropping up... more »

MSU Extension sets blueberry pre-harvest meeting

Michigan State University researchers and other berry experts will be presenting information at the MSU Extension blueberry pre-harvest meeting. The meeting is from 5-7 p.m. June 9 at the Van Buren Intermediate School District Conference... more »

SWD proves formidable fruit foe

When a tiny invasive fly - the size of a grain of rice - called spotted wing drosophila (SWD) first arrived in California from Asia in 2008, researchers weren’t overly concerned. Entomologists were confident that... more »

Veterans find passion in agriculture

When Adam Ingrao joined the United States Army in 2002, it was for life. That’s what he thought then. In 2004, he was injured and received a medical discharge. He said that injury and discharge... more »

MSU’s research stations get irrigation capability

In areas of the eastern U.S. with adequate rainfall, traditional wisdom says irrigation isn’t worthwhile, but that is changing. With the need to reduce risk and optimize root growth in high-density plantings, more fruit growers... more »

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