• Air moving fans for improved air drainage

    March 16, 2012 | Mark Longstroth | Using ground-based fans to increase the movement of cold air past obstructions and constrictions in natural drainage paths can decrease the likelihood of freeze injury during spring freezes.

  • Record-breaking warm weather advances beginning of growing season

    March 15, 2012 | Jeff Andresen and Aaron Pollyea | Recent, abnormally warm weather is putting us at least two or more weeks ahead of schedule, bringing most perennial crops and vegetation out of their protective dormant states.

  • Spring fruit update grower meetings in southwest Michigan

    March 13, 2012 | Diane Brown-Rytlewski, Bill Shane and Mark Longstroth | Evening meetings in Berrien and Van Buren counties to help fruit growers prepare for the upcoming 2012 growing season.

  • Moist, weed-free soil retains more heat

    March 13, 2012 | Mark Longstroth | Modifying the soil to capture and retain more heat is a way growers can reduce spring freeze injury. Weed-free soil retains more heat than freshly cultivated or unmowed sites and a few degrees may make a difference this spring.

  • Spring off-campus MSU berry short course enrollment open

    March 12, 2012 | Joanne Davidhizar, Mark Longstroth | Berry Crop Production and Management (HRT 335), covers commercial production of blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, cranberries and some minor fruit.

  • Keep food safety in mind when buying equipment

    March 2, 2012 | Phil Tocco | With auction and trade show season in full swing, an eye often turns to acquisition of new or refurbished produce washing, packing and grading equipment. When evaluating equipment, keep food safety in mind to avoid difficulties.

  • Livestock may not mix with fruit and vegetable production

    March 2, 2012 | Phil Tocco | Livestock in close proximity to produce-growing areas can pose a problem for growers seeking food safety certification. With proper mitigation strategies, the two can coexist. Without these strategies, passing an audit may be difficult.

  • Weather and crop protection workshops scheduled for March 19 and 20

    February 29, 2012 | Diane Brown-Rytlewski, Carlos Garcia-Salazar and Mark Longstroth | Several workshops in March will allow fruit growers to anticipate the effects of weather on insect pests and plant diseases and adapt their control strategies accordingly.

  • Do you need a brush-up on pest management basics?

    February 10, 2012 | Amy Irish-Brown | MSU’s Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Academy is a quick, concentrated way to update your IPM skills. Join us on the MSU campus February 20-21.

  • Who is eating the produce that I grow?

    February 3, 2012 | Phil Tocco | When adopting food safety practices on the farm, it’s important to remember why and for whom it is being done.

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