Crop Protection

Study suggests new approaches to onion disease

Bacterial leaf blight, caused by Pantoea agglomerans, has been a limiting factor for Michigan onion growers in recent years. The bacterium was isolated from onion plants in Ottawa County in 2011 and w... more

Plan ahead to protect cole crops from swede midge

Michigan cole crops growers must be wary of a new pest, the swede midge, according to Ben Phillips, a Michigan State University Extension educator. Phillips dis... more

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Florida’s Tomato Growers Taking it on the Chin

Rising input costs. Shrinking profits. Expensive food-safety measures. Projected budget cuts to research and Extension programs. Labor and immigration... more »

Feinstein Refuses to Throw in the Towel on AgJOBS

Last fall, U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., decided not to add AgJOBS as an amendment to the Farm Bill. It was the latest blow to the Agricultura... more »

Farm Markets Riding High on Agritainment

Farm markets are doing quite well, thank you, and while they're not driving Wal-Mart out of business, Wal-Mart's not driving them out, either. In fact... more »

Food Safety, Labor and Fuel Costs Dominate Shipping

The Vegetable Growers News interviewed a handful of experts to get their perspectives on recent trends in vegetable shipping. Labor Everyone agreed t... more »

Editor has Energetic Resolution for the Coming Year

It's a great year to make New Year's resolutions. Elections are coming this fall, and from the amount and earliness of the political activity, everyb... more »

Extension Losing a Personal Touch in Pennsylvania

This is the seventh story in a series about the future of Extension. The image of the county Extension agent riding in a pickup all day, visiting loca... more »

Next Generation Builds on Family Heritage

Like many young vegetable growers, Martin Jefferson faces challenges. Competition from imported food is one of them. So is trying to educate the publi... more »

Pursuit Of Grants Alters Washington Extension Priorities

This is the fifth story in a series about the future of Extension. Contrary to the opinions of most of his old professors, Tim Smith is not a loser. I... more »

Kentucky Grower Builds a Retail Destination

Back before Jimmy Dean came to mean sausage, the country singer crooned a tune that contained the line, "that spells Kentucky, but it means paradise."... more »

Federal Programs Are Worth Billions to Specialty Crops

We've been hearing a lot about specialty crops lately, thanks in large part to the 2007 Farm Bill. In anticipation of the new bill, specialty crop rep... more »


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