- Drought: Implications for near-term management decisions in field crops - The recent trend in higher than normal temperatures paired with lower than normal precipitation puts Michigan field crops at risk.
- Potential for spider mites, especially in southern Michigan - The upcoming dry weather may set up a potential outbreak of spider mites. Judging the need to treat an infested field can be difficult. A descriptive rating system can help you make a treatment decision.
- The hidden costs of insurance pesticide applications to field crops - Some growers may be considering preventative applications of fungicides and insecticides to field crops. But just what are the impacts of preventative or insurance pesticide applications on insect or mite control?
- Scouting for potato leafhoppers in alfalfa - Know your options for insect control prior to a problem.
- Sprayer considerations for improving spider mite control in soybeans - Equipping and operating your sprayer correctly is critical to controlling spider mites in soybeans.
- Spider mite populations thrive in hot, dry summers - Begin scouting vegetable gardens, berries and landscape plants for the first signs of a spider mite problem.
- Yellow, stunted alfalfa may not be entirely due to drought - Potato leafhopper numbers are above threshold levels in some alfalfa fields around Michigan.