• Good time to review your vegetable production fertilizer practices

    March 2, 2012 | Ron Goldy | Producers of high input, high value crops like fresh vegetables work hard at getting maximum production efficiency. With increased fertilizer prices, it serves growers well to review their approach to fertilizing their crops.

  • 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.

  • Double cropping in a plasticulture system

    February 24, 2012 | Ron Goldy | Vegetable growers using a plasticulture system always want to know if they can use the system for a second crop. The answer is yes, maybe.

  • 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.

  • Dealing with water for irrigating

    February 3, 2012 | Phil Tocco | The insurance of maintaining a produce crop with irrigation can be all but eliminated if the water being used contaminates the produce with food-borne illness. Here are a few considerations when implementing irrigation practices.

  • Make an effort to keep wildlife out of vegetable fields

    February 1, 2012 | Norm Myers | While no one can exclude all wildlife from vegetable production fields, it is important that growers have a plan in place to minimize wildlife intrusions.

  • IPM Academy to offer continuing education credits

    January 23, 2012 | Erin Lizotte | Need more continuing education credits in 2012? The IPM Academy on February 20-21 will offer 16 Pesticide Recertification credits, 9 Certified Crop Advisor credits, MAEAP Phase I credits, and 7 Certified Green Industry Professional credits!

  • Are the “kids” back on the farm?

    January 18, 2012 | Erin Lizotte | MSU Extension’s IPM Academy on February 20-21 can bring the newest generation of farmers up to speed on pest management in a variety of cropping systems.

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