How to deal with black rot of cole crops

With late-season temperatures in the high 70s, foggy mornings with high humidity and numerous rainy days, many growers of brassica crops, in particular cabbage, are noticing an uptick in a disease that can render produce unmarketable – black rot. T... more


Stockton’s Timorex Gold now registered in 30 states

The biofungicide Timorex Gold, developed by Stockton, is now registered in Florida by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. The product holds 30 registrations throughout the United States. Timorex Gold is now registered in ... more

Renewed registration issued for products containing sulfoxaflor

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) re-established the registration of products containing sulfoxaflor (Isoclast Active), including Transform WG, Closer SC and Sequoia insecticides. “U.S. growers have used Isoclast for four full years... more


How shoot removal, rootstock cultivar affect grafting tomatoes

As small-acreage and organic vegetable growers increasingly utilize high tunnels, researchers are working to determine effective production strategies to help limit soilborne diseases. Grafting interspecific hybrid rootstock has been shown to be effe... more

Michigan ag department names specialty crop grant awardees

Michigan recipients of the USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant Program have been named by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD). “Each of these projects will help enhance of the growth of Michigan’s food and agricult... more


Fertilizer, plastic mulch treatments benefit tomato yield

Nonreflective plastic mulches have been shown to increase early and total yield in tomato, benefits most often attributed to increased soil temperatures that enhance roots' ability to assimilate nutrients such as phosphorus, a vital contributor to in... more

Agriculture Secretary reappoints four members to FCIC board

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has reappointed four members to the Federal Crop Insurance Corporation (FCIC) board of directors. James Bardenhagen, John F. Finston, Iris V. Sáenz and Kenneth Ray Sneed, who joined the board in 2013, will each serv... more

Farmer Field School hosting farm management workshops

Michigan State University's Farmer Field School will host farm management workshops in November and December. The one-day hands-on workshops present information built upon the work of the MSU Organic Farmer Training Program. The Scaling Up (or May... more

New award honors Produce Marketing Association CEO

To honor retiring Produce Marketing Association (PMA) CEO Bryan Silbermann, a new award honoring his collaborative leadership style is being established. The new award was announced by PMA President Cathy Burns at PMA’s Fresh Summit Convention &... more


Growing giant pumpkins presents giant challenges

Anyone who has gone to a pumpkin patch knows pumpkins can get so heavy they’re hard to lift, but some pumpkin enthusiasts produce pumpkins so big they need to be lifted by forklift! The production of giant pumpkins is a hobby and occasionally a sma... more

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