Herbicide-resistance raises concerns

By |April 15th, 2014|

Specialty crops growers, especially those who grow grapes, will have new cause for concern in 2015 when new genetically modified field crops are expected to come to fields near their orchards and vineyards.

Organic matter that lasts

By |April 14th, 2014|

Tree fruit growers may one day have a new way to dramatically improve soil quality in low-organic-matter soils. Imagine being able to add organic matter that will last thousands of years, essentially permanently affecting soil tilth and structure, instead of the few years you can get using cover crops and mulches. The “new” form of organic material is called biochar.

Electric orchard equipment progress

By |April 7th, 2014|

Orchardists are showing interest in electric power, and it’s coming, slowly.

Microsprinklers for frost protection

By |April 2nd, 2014|

Capturing the orchard heating power of freezing water.

Bees are driving pesticide decisions

By |March 25th, 2014|

The desire to protect bees is becoming institutionalized.

Bee renting tips

By |March 19th, 2014|

Smith helps growers and beekeepers come together agreeably

How bad things in the environment gang up and kill bees

By |March 19th, 2014|

The synergistic effect of pesticides in hives.

Pollen tube growth model makes thinning more precise

By |March 19th, 2014|

Blossom-time apple thinning model explored for eastern growers.

Michigan growers approve Tree Fruit Commission

By |March 18th, 2014|

Michigan fruit growers voted to approve creation of a Michigan Tree Fruit Research and Development Program, which will be [...]

Attract and kill

By |March 3rd, 2014|

Michigan researchers have designed a device for oriental fruit moth.