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.
December 5, 2013 | Ben Werling | Weather challenged west central Michigan vegetable growers in different ways in 2012 and 2013.
December 4, 2013 | James DeDecker | Cover crops can contribute to weed management in some unexpected ways.
December 4, 2013 | James DeDecker | When applied correctly, cover cropping can have benefits beyond soil health.
December 4, 2013 | Ron Goldy | Plant essential nutrients exist as anions and cations. What does that mean for plant production and why should growers be aware?
December 3, 2013 | Joanne Davidhizar | Connecting with new buyers and markets for fruit and vegetable growers is made easier through the MarketMaker exhibit and the Meet the Buyers reception at the Great Lakes EXPO Dec. 10-12.
November 27, 2013 | Jerry Lindquist | The delayed harvest of grain crops in Michigan this year has put farm equipment operators and motorists at risk as they attempt to share the roadways in the month with the shortest daylight period of the year.
November 27, 2013 | Curtis Talley Jr. | Knowing what should be included in cropland leases will help both lessee and lessor.
November 27, 2013 | Phil Durst | Farming is not done alone. Thanksgiving is an opportunity and a reminder to say thanks to those who have helped you throughout the year.
November 25, 2013 | Phil Tocco | Water conveyance systems for food safety purposes must be assessed regularly and the same way every time. Creating a standard operating procedure that explains how the assessment will be performed is a good method of standardization.
November 25, 2013 | Phil Tocco | The quality of the water used in production and the systems used to convey it are determining factors to providing safe, wholesome produce. Assessing and evaluating risks posed to the water system are good ways to help ensure water quality.
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Date: Dec 10, 2013 - Dec 12, 2013
Location: DeVos Place Convention Center, 303 Monroe Avenue NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Date: Dec 11, 2013
Location: Ubly Heights Country Club, 2409 E. Atwater Road, Ubly, MI
Date: Dec 12, 2013
Location: MSU Livestock Pavilion, 4301 Farm Lane, East Lansing, MI 48824
- 2012 Weed Control Guide for Vegetable Crops (E0433)
- 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)
- Drought Resources
- 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 Weed Control