Michigan State University Extension’s focus on organic agriculture encompasses all aspects of organic farming ranging from fruit and vegetable production to animal agriculture. Through educational programs and research, MSU Extension helps farmers build sustainable organic farms through strong integrated pest management and enhancing soil health.
July 23, 2014 | Ben Werling | This year is posing significant disease control challenges; continue to keep on top of fungicide programs.
July 23, 2014 | Lina Rodriguez Salamanca | Cooler and drier weather has contributed to fruit development. Western bean cutworm moth catch is high, while low to no corn earworm activity has been observed. Thrips are slowly moving into peppers and cabbage.
July 23, 2014 | Ben Phillips | Time to start promoting the art of pickling at fresh market stands. Red beets, cabbage, cucumbers and fresh beans are being harvested.
July 23, 2014 | Ron Goldy | Drier weather has prevailed over the past two weeks, allowing some fields to finally dry out but leaving other sites needing irrigation.
July 23, 2014 | Terry McLean | A mid-summer dry period and moderate temperatures in the past week has assisted fruit set and sizing in vegetable crops in urban and semi-rural small scale diversified farm fields, hoop-houses and market gardens.
July 22, 2014 | Joanne Davidhizar | Learn about wine and juice grape management practices, equipment and research findings at Viticulture Field Day, July 30, 2014.
July 21, 2014 | Andy Northrop | Hops production gaining traction in the Thumb counties for Michigan craft beers, tourism, and potentially food too!
July 17, 2014 | Ben Phillips | Disease pressure is increasing in Michigan’s Bay and Thumb area vegetable crops.
July 16, 2014 | Terry McLean | A mid-summer cooler period and abundant rainfall in the past two weeks has moderated vegetable crop growth in urban and semi-rural small scale diversified farm fields, hoop-houses and market gardens.
July 16, 2014 | Fred Springborn | Weekend rain kept many soils very wet this week in the central Michigan region.
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Date: Aug 15, 2014
Location: MSU Horticultural Research Center (6686 South Center Highway, Traverse City, MI 49684)
Date: Aug 28, 2014
Location: 2435 N. Tallman Road Fowler, MI
Date: Oct 1, 2014
Location: Muskegon County Building, 133 East Apple Avenue, Room 203, Muskegon, MI 49442
- Advanced Soil Organic Matter Management (E3137)
- Agrifood Safety Work Group
- Building Soil for Organic and Sustainable Farms (E3144)
- Center for Regional Food Systems
- Farm Information Resource Management (FIRM)
- Flaming as a Method of Weed Control in Organic Farming Systems (E3038)
- Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable and Farm Market EXPO
- Growing Michigan Agriculture Proceedings
- Michigan State University Organic Farming Exchange
- Michigan State University Organic Pest Management
- Michigan State University Student Organic Farm
- Weather - Drought