Water

New study shows benefits of crop rotation

A study authored by Michigan State University (MSU) Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences assistant professor Lisa Tiemann is the first of its kind to show that crop rotations, in isolation from other management... more »

Maxwell Norton, director of UCCE in Merced County, to retire after 36 years

Maxwell Norton, UC Cooperative Extension director and advisor in Merced and Mariposa counties, plans to retire on July 1. Norton, who specializes in tree fruit, grapes and farmland preservation, has served Merced County growers for... more »

First spotted wing Drosophila detected for 2015

The Michigan State University Extension spotted wing Drosophila(SWD) monitoring network detected the first SWD in traps baited with commercial lures late last week in Berrien and Benzie counties. The Berrien County detection was from a... more »

High-flying drones helping ag industry soar

Drones are certainly a topic of interest these days. Amazon is exploring the use of drones to make deliveries. Photos are obtained that would otherwise seem isolated and remote. The management of use and privacy... more »

Washington drought boosting state’s winemaking production

California is the No. 1 wine producing state in the country. Even when conditions are less than ideal, production numbers are through the roof.Is that going to change?According to The New York Times, wine producers... more »

Finalized Clean Water Rule released

Agriculture groups were busy analyzing the impact of new government rules issued May 27 by EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.“We are undertaking a thorough analysis of the final WOTUS (Waters of the... more »

California drought: Farmers agree to water cuts

The Western drought is proving to be the most dangerous in recent history. Farmers in California — and other areas along the West Coast — are doing all they can to cut back.According to The... more »

Merivon, a new fungicide option for disease control in strawberries

Merivon is a pre-mix fungicide containing two systemic active ingredients: fluxapyroxad (succinate dehydrogenase inhibitors or SDHI, FRAC group 7) and pyraclostrobin (quinone outside inhibitors or QoI or strobilurins, FRAC Group 11). Fluxapyroxad is a new... more »

NRCS invests $21 million to aid drought-stricken areas

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will invest approximately $21 million in additional Farm Bill dollars to help farmers and ranchers apply science-based solutions to mitigate the short and... more »

Specialists forecast the fire blight season for 2015

Fruit Growers News asked specialists from several regions to discuss the prospects for fire blight in the coming season. Their observations, made in the last few days, are below.WestTimothy Smith, Washington State University: It rained... more »


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