Michigan is a national leader in several fresh and processing vegetables with an annual value of over $210 million from 110,000 acres. Michigan State University Extension supports this industry with research and education for economic disease, insect and weed control, reduced input cultural practices, plant nutrition, irrigation, new technology and crop introduction. Activities also include food safety, labor and other issues relevant to today’s producers. Michigan State University researchers and educators have a proven record of working closely with individual growers and commodity groups to strengthen this industry and maintain its viability.
August 28, 2014 | Jim Isleib | Low cost land and a laidback lifestyle may seem appealing, but the basics of successful farming in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula are the same as everywhere else: careful planning, efficient use of resources, adaptability, commitment and good luck.
August 28, 2014 | Phil Tocco | A critical part of ensuring food safe water for produce growing is performing a water system risk assessment. It is often helpful to create a checklist to ensure that the assessment looks at the same criteria each time it is performed.
August 27, 2014 | Phil Tocco | With the amount of produce food safety paperwork generated by growers, it is easy to forget how long to keep something. Growers should know the standard minimum length to keep food safety records based on the Food Safety Modernization Act.
August 27, 2014 | Mark Thomas | Southwest Michigan Hispanic Grower Cooperation improving profitability through farmer educational knowledge
August 27, 2014 | Mary Dunckel | In an effort to connect consumers to Michigan farmers, Michigan State University Extension teamed up with Neiman’s Family Market to provide shoppers with a glimpse of a few farmers behind the food.
August 22, 2014 | Mary Hausbeck | Tomato late blight disease is widespread in home gardens.
August 22, 2014 | Julianna Wilson | No brown marmorated stink bugs were caught during the week of Aug. 15-21, 2014.
August 21, 2014 | Willie Kirk | There have been several reports of small tomato and potato plantings with late blight. Growers should consult the following resources from Michigan State University for management recommendations.
August 20, 2014 | Fred Springborn | Late blight is widespread in much of the central Michigan region.
August 20, 2014 | Lina Rodriguez Salamanca | Rain events brought some relief to non-irrigated crops; more rain is forecasted. Continue protecting crops as the epidemic of tomato and potato late blight and cucurbit downy mildew continues and other disease can ramp up quickly in fields.
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Date: Aug 28, 2014
Location: 2435 N. Tallman Road Fowler, MI
Date: Sep 21, 2014
Location: MSU Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center, E3774 University Dr. Chatham,. MI 49816
Date: Oct 1, 2014
Location: Muskegon County Building, 133 East Apple Avenue, Room 203, Muskegon, MI 49442
- Agrifood Safety Minute
- Agrifood Safety Work Group
- Black dot (E3181)
- Breakfast on the Farm
- Brown leaf spot (E3182)
- Caterpillar Pests in Cole Crops (E3165)
- Cost of Production of Machine-harvested Pickling Cucumbers in Michigan, 2010
- Cover Crop Choices for Michigan Vegetables (E2896)
- Enviroweather Weather Data and Pest Modeling
- Farm Information Resource Management (FIRM)
- Farm Soil Sampling
- Fertilizer Recommendation Program
- Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable and Farm Market EXPO
- Growing Michigan Agriculture Proceedings
- Integrated Pest Management Resources
- Late blight alert for tomatoes and potatoes
- Michigan State University Hausbeck Lab (plant disease)
- Michigan State University Organic Farming Exchange
- Michigan State University Student Organic Farm
- Michigan State University Szendrei Lab (pest management)
- MSU Diagnostics Lab
- National Good Agricultural Practices Program
- Potato Late Blight Risk Monitoring
- Restricted Use Pesticide (RUP) test locations
- Soil and Plant Nutrient Lab
- Vegetable Team
- Vegetable Weed Control
- Weather - Drought
- Weed Control Guide for Vegetable Crops (E0433)