Ronald Goldy

Senior Educator

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Office: 269-944-1477 ext. 207
Cell: 269-208-1651
1791 Hillandale Rd.
Benton Harbor, MI 49022



  • Water management in a plasticulture system: What we learned from the okra incident

    February 23, 2012 | Vegetables grown in a plasticulture system generally require water applied through a drip system. When this water is applied can have significant effect on plant growth and eventual fruit yield and quality.

  • Soil type influences irrigation strategy

    February 9, 2012 | Soil characteristics play an important role in application of soil amendments, pesticides, fertilizers and water. Irrigation strategy for clay-based soils is much different than the strategy for sand-based soils.

  • Understanding soil pH Part II

    November 30, 2011 | Growers know soil pH is an important soil characteristic, but may not understand what pH really is and what it does. pH is a standard characteristic measured by a soil test, but how does it influence soil productivity and eventually plant growth and yield?

  • Understanding soil pH Part I

    November 30, 2011 | Soil pH is a standard characteristic measured by a soil test, but what does the number mean and how does pH affect plant growth? Here’s a straight forward look at understanding pH that will help you get the maximum benefit from this measurement.

  • What is your soil cation exchange capacity?

    November 7, 2011 | Soil cation exchange capacity (CEC) is a significant number for an important soil characteristic. It comes into play when applying water, nutrients and herbicides, but do you really know why?

  • 2011 was a great year for bacteria in vegetable crops

    November 4, 2011 | Why were bacterial diseases on tomatoes severe in 2011? Can I expect the same in 2012? Is there something I need to do to be sure it doesn’t happen again? These are all valid questions that need answers as tomato growers get ready for the 2012 season.

  • Is plasticulture worth it for vegetable production?

    October 24, 2011 | Bare ground versus raised, plastic-mulched, drip irrigated beds - is one better than the other? Is plasticulture worth the extra initial and annual expense? Are yields really that much better to justify the additional cost and effort?

  • Time to think ahead for the next season of vegetable production

    October 20, 2011 | No matter the season, there is always something to do when it comes to agricultural production, and the fall is a good time to get some of next season’s work out of the way. Doing work now will give you more early season flexibility next year.

  • October is garlic planting time

    September 29, 2011 | October is not just apple month in Michigan, but it is also the month to plant garlic. Just like tulips and daffodils, garlic is planted in the fall for harvest the following season.

  • Looking below the surface for effective soil management

    May 17, 2011 | Successful long term production of any crop starts with suitable soil followed by proper soil management. Production practices influence soil health and year-to-year profitability but to really appreciate and manage soil, look below the surface.

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