Growers asked to tax themselves

Michigan growers to vote in February on proposed Tree Fruit Commission.

ADVERTISEMENT

  • Growers make H-2A work

Growers make H-2A work

  • May 1st, 2014
Washington is the fourth largest employer of H-2A workers in the country after North Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.

USApple president visits the other Washington

  • April 30th, 2014

Jim Bair, president of the U.S. Apple Association, visited Washington State this week for the first time since taking over the helm of the organization from Nancy Foster at the beginning of this year.

Bair, who grew up on a row crop and lifestock farm in Iowa, has 30 years [...]

Michigan growers worry about labor

If nothing gets done to solve immigration issues this year, and, with it, assure a supply of domestic seasonal workers for agriculture, farmers will have to find ways to adjust.

Dawn Drake, manager of the Michigan Processing Apple Growers, said that Michigan Farm Bureau and its affiliate, the Michigan Agricultural [...]

  • Paying for rest time

Paying for rest time

  • April 29th, 2014
Paying a piece-rate equivalent for rest breaks helps keep workers productive and motivated, a labor specialist says.

New biofumigant registered

  • April 22nd, 2014

A soil biofumigant developed for both conventional and organic farms offers a new tool in what is becoming an increasingly restrictive practice.

Soil fumigation helps eliminate soil-borne diseases, replant problems, nematodes, and weeds, and gets perennial crops off to a good start. But the application is becoming more difficult because [...]

New herbicide — resistant crops

  • April 21st, 2014

Both Dow Agrosciences and Monsanto Company expect to have new herbicide-resistant crops and new herbicides available in 2015.

Dow is developing Enlist corn, which is resistant to both 2,4-D and aryloxyfenoxyproprionic acid herbicides used to control grasses, according to Diane Brown, a Michigan State University Extension -educator.

Enlist soybeans are resistant [...]