• Earliest grape insects ever this spring

    March 23, 2012 | Rufus Isaacs | Michigan didn’t have much of a winter, and we have moved quickly to summer even though this is still March. It is time to fire up your “Earliest IPM Ever” program.

  • Managing orchard nutrition during an early spring

    March 22, 2012 | Eric Hanson, Amy Irish-Brown and Bill Shane | Wise use of ground-applied fertilizers can help manage orchard nutrition during the 2012 early spring weather conditions.

  • Using sprinklers to protect plants from spring freezes

    March 19, 2012 | Mark Longstroth | Irrigation sprinklers can be used to protect plants from freezing when the expected lows are just below freezing. Irrigation will result in severe damage when the low is below the temperature you can protect to.

  • Analyzing and improving your farm’s air drainage

    March 16, 2012 | Mark Longstroth | Improving your farm's air drainage can pay benefits when spring frosts come.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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