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Winter melons: A new crop for Michigan growers

Winter melon or Chinese wax gourd (Benincasa hispida) is used extensively in Southeast Asian cuisine. It is used in soups and stir fries of various kinds from India through China. It can also be stored at room temperature for several months, hence th... more


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New bulletin provides updated cost of Michigan asparagus production

Michigan State University Extension has developed a new, free bulletin that provides information on asparagus production costs and returns. “Costs and Returns for Producing Michigan Asparagus” (E3315) provides budgets for each year of an asparagu... more


Nanostructured biosensors detect pesticides in soil

When does too much of a good thing become a bad thing? That’s the question Jonathan Claussen, assistant professor at Iowa State University’s Department of Mechanical Engineering, and his team of researchers aim to help farmers answer when it come... more


Study compares drip, furrow irrigation in organic production

In light of the current drought, many tomato growers are turning to water-efficient drip irrigation to increase yields and water use efficiency while decreasing weed pressure. However, the long-term implications of this transition for nutrient cyclin... more


FCSIC board of directors elects new chairman

Jeffery S. Hall of Kentucky was elected today as chairman of the Farm Credit System Insurance Corporation board of directors. He succeeds Dallas Tonsager, who served as chairman of the FCSIC board of directors from March 2015 until he was designated ... more


VGN names new Western editor

Great American Media Services has named David Fairbourn managing editor of Spudman magazine and western states editor for the company’s other specialty agriculture publications, including Fruit Growers News and Vegetable Growers News. Fair... more


Certis USA introduces bionutrient product line

Certis USA introduces a bionutrient product line based on AgSil potassium silicate technology. AgSil products provide plants with silicon, according to the company. Manufactured by PQ Corporation, the bionutrient products AgSil 16H, AgSil 21 and AgSi... more


Nanostructured biosensors detect pesticides in soil

When does too much of a good thing become a bad thing? That’s the question Jonathan Claussen, assistant professor at Iowa State University’s Department of Mechanical Engineering, and his team of researchers aim to help farmers answer when it come... more


Court stops FLSA overtime regulations

A Texas federal court granted a nationwide emergency injunction prohibiting the implementation of the final Fair Labor Standards Act regulations that essentially doubled the current minimum annual salary level for exemption from $23,660 to $47,476 pe... more


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Heroes in the field: Veterans find passion in agriculture

When Adam Ingrao joined the United States Army in 2002, it was for life. That’s what he thought then. In 2004, he was injured and received a medical discharge. He said that injury and discharge turned his life upside down. “I enlisted in a ... more



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