Brown rot surprises cherry growers

Tart cherry growers need to watch out for European brown rot as bloom arrives.

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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 [...]

  • DriftWatch grows

DriftWatch grows

  • April 21st, 2014
pecialty 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.
  • Managing orchard weeds

Managing orchard weeds

Fruit growers are always looking for better, cheaper ways of controlling vegetation under the trees in their orchards, but, in general, weed control gets more expensive and more complicated.
  • Herbicide-resistance raises concerns

Herbicide-resistance raises concerns

  • 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.
  • Managing Honeycrisp nutrition

Managing Honeycrisp nutrition

  • April 14th, 2014

Balancing the crop load is particularly important with Honeycrisp, which is more susceptible than other apple varieties to problems involving mineral nutrition.

The fruit disorder bitter pit, which is associated with low calcium levels, can be a serious problem, especially in young trees, trees with a light crop load, or [...]