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.
July 25, 2014 | Julianna Wilson | One adult brown marmorated stink bug has been captured in a trap next to a peach orchard near Niles, Michigan in Berrien County, but no other detections have been reported.
July 25, 2014 | Marilyn Thelen | Farm drainage has been increasing land productivity since its introduction during the colonial times in the United States. However, there is concern today more than ever about proper management to protect surface water quality.
July 25, 2014 | Marilyn Thelen | Farmers, researchers and crop advisors from across the Midwest will travel to Ames, Iowa for the Resilient Ag Conference, August 5-7.
July 23, 2014 | Mary Hausbeck | Control downy mildew and purple blotch now to preserve your onion harvest.
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 | Mary Hausbeck | Be on the alert for bacterial diseases such as bacterial leaf blight in your onion fields.
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Date: Aug 5, 2014
Location: 1066 Bogue Street, MSU Campus Plant & Soil Sciences Bldg. (1st floor), East Lansing, MI 48823
Date: Aug 9, 2014
Location: Holy Cross Church, 30650 Six Mile Road, Livonia, MI 48152
Date: Aug 15, 2014
Location: MSU Horticultural Research Center (6686 South Center Highway, Traverse City, MI 49684)
- 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
- 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)