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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Colored mulches have their advantages

When Joe Nunez, a University of California Cooperative Extension field adviser in Bakersfield, Calif., started working with colored and reflective pla... more »

Stabenow to lead Senate Agriculture Committee

Michigan's Debbie Stabenow is the new chairwoman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, due to the defeat of Arkansas Sen. Blanche Lincoln in the last e... more »

Ohio Wants a Say in Produce Safety Plan

Bob Jones hoped that this food safety thing would have been cleared up by now, but it's more confusing than ever. Produce growers today have to live u... more »

What’s in it for You?

I saw USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack speak in Charlotte, Mich., July 13. He stopped at Country Mill Farms, an orchard and cider mill, as part of his natio... more »

Leader of Two Major Vegetable Councils Tackles Industry Issues

Dave Miedema has his hands full. The new president of the Michigan Vegetable Council also is the president of the Leafy Greens Council. Dave, 58, was ... more »

Tomatoes and Peppers Need Safe Handling

Tomatoes and peppers are under the food safety microscope, and growers need to do everything they can to keep the image clean. Leslie Bourquin, an ass... more »

Ohio Sweet Corn

McMaster Farms grows and sells 250 acres of fresh sweet corn in Columbiana, Ohio. In addition, McMaster Farms runs about 100 acres of sweet corn from ... more »

Food Safety Debated; No-match Rule Gets Closer

Some pointed food safety comments have been printed on our Marketplace of Ideas page the last few months. I like that. It's good to know our readers a... more »

California Water Crisis Threatens its Fruit and Vegetables

Ron Jacobsma, general manager of the Friant Water Authority, called it a "double whammy" on California's water supply: A record drought that started l... more »

Project Creates New Vegetable Growers in North Carolina

North Carolina's Onslow County is not the easiest place to start a commercial vegetable farm. The obstacles are many. First, there's the limited avail... more »


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