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  • Farming like you expect bacterial diseases

    May 28, 2015

    One consistent theme over the past several years has been the specter of dealing with bacterial diseases in our tomato fields and high tunnels. Bacterial speck, spot and canker have become regular challenges for Pennsylvania and Mid-Atlantic tomato growers. In spite of these challenges, it… Full Story »
  • Start off irrigation season with system inspections and repairs

    May 28, 2015

    As planting nears the end crop producers need to start preparing for irrigation season. If you ignore irrigation equipment until the first really hot dry day you often end up cutting corners and taking risks as you desperately try to get that first irrigation water… Full Story »
  • Finalized Clean Water Rule released

    May 27, 2015

    Agriculture groups were busy analyzing the impact of new government rules issued May 27 by EPA  and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. “We are undertaking a thorough analysis of the final WOTUS (Waters of the United States) rule to determine whether the Environmental Protection… Full Story »
  • Federal court blocks Obama’s immigration plan

    May 26, 2015

    A federal appeals court refused Tuesday to allow President Obama's program to protect millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation from going into effect. The decision by a three-judge panel of the New Orleans-based 5th Circuit Court of Appeals adds another delay for the undocumented immigrants… Full Story »
  • Farmers agree to water cuts in California

    May 26, 2015

    The Western drought is proving to be the most dangerous in recent history. Farmers in California — and other areas along the West Coast — are doing all they can to cut back. According to The New York Times, California farmers have agreed to use… Full Story »
  • Merivon, a new fungicide option for disease control in strawberries

    May 22, 2015

    Merivon is a pre-mix fungicide containing two systemic active ingredients: fluxapyroxad (succinate dehydrogenase inhibitors or SDHI, FRAC group 7) and pyraclostrobin (quinone outside inhibitors or QoI or strobilurins, FRAC Group 11). Fluxapyroxad is a new active ingredient, but growers are already familiar with pyraclostrobin from… Full Story »
  • Durand-Wayland welcomes Nick Lenger to the team

    May 22, 2015

    Durand-Wayland announced that Nick Lenger joined the team as Northern Territory Sales Manager – Packinghouse on April 13, 2015.  Lenger has over a decade of experience in packinghouse machinery sales, service and electronics with Lakewood Process Machinery.  His primary coverage area will be Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania,… Full Story »
  • Plan ahead for fertigation

    May 21, 2015

    Fertigation is the process of adding fertilizer to irrigation water. Commonly 28 percent nitrogen injected into irrigation water in-place of, or addition to side dress nitrogen applications. Fertigation allows application of nitrogen closest to the plants uptake in need of nitrogen without extra field traffic.… Full Story »
  • NRCS to invest $21 million in drought-stricken areas

    May 21, 2015

    Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) will invest approximately $21 million in additional Farm Bill dollars to help farmers and ranchers apply science-based solutions to mitigate the short and long-term effects of drought. These investments will focus financial and… Full Story »
  • Early season onion weed control

    May 21, 2015

    All onions in Michigan have been planted and most of them are in the flag to two leaf stage. The cool and damp weather has allowed proliferation of many weeds, including yellow rocket, shepherdspurse, ladysthumb (smartweed), horseweed (marestail) and common chickweed, among others. All of… Full Story »

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