Blog unveiled by US Ag secretary

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue Thursday morning debuted, a grower-friendly, “one-stop shop” maintained by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). Purdue unveiled the website  Feb. 1 at a breakfast hosted by the Mi... more

USDA’s Farm Bill priorities, legislative principles revealed

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue Jan. 24 spoke about the USDA’s Farm Bill and Legislative Principles for 2018 during a town hall at Reinford Farms in Mifflintown, Pennsylvania. “Since my first day as the Secretary of Agriculture, I... more

Greenspire Global launches organic bactericide/fungicide

[caption id="attachment_13452" align="alignright" width="169"] Photo: Greenspire Global[/caption] Greenspire Global recently launched Procidic, an agricultural bactericide and fungicide that provides disease control without synthetics. “What ... more

$1.5M awarded for Michigan specialty crops projects

[caption id="attachment_13125" align="alignright" width="242"] MDARD Director Jamie Clover Adams[/caption] The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) Oct. 18 announced 17 recipients in the state would receive more than $1... more

US asparagus crop down slightly, but up in Michigan

The 2017 U.S. asparagus crop is down just 1 percent from last year, but up in Michigan according to numbers released this week by the USDA. In 2017, the national crop totaled 701,000 cwt, or 39,256 tons. Although the total weight of the harvest wa... more

Greater emphasis on strawberry breeding in post-methyl bromide era

California's strawberry industry has almost completely phased out its use of methyl bromide as a pre-plant soil fumigant, and the importance of breeding for disease resistance has never been greater, according to Mike Nelson of Plant Sciences, an... more

Nematodes have potential to control SWD in strawberries

Could predaceous nematodes be the key to stopping spotted wing drosophila (SWD)?Mark Bolda and Denise Sheehan, Extension advisers with the University of California, are studying the use of nematodes to combat SWD and vinegar flies, which have proven ... more

Labeling a controversy

Gary Pullano, Vegetable Growers News Assistant Editor, is providing blog coverage of the 2015 Mid-Atlantic Fruit and Vegetable Convention.Blizzard conditions (actual and fictional) in much of the northeast didn’t appear to significantly impact ... more

Haygrove Brit Tour: Day 2

Day two our our tour finds us at Cobrey Farms, the UK's largest asparagus operation. Grower John Chinn estimates that his farm grows 27 percent of the UK's asparagus crop, with 1,000 acres in the ground. He planted his first asparagus in 2003. The fa... more

Haygrove Brit Tour: Day 1

The first official day of our tour took us to Ledbury, the location of Haygrove's headquarters. Crops grown on the site include strawberries, cherries, raspberries and blackberries. All of Haygrove's production is under high tunnels. In addition, the... more

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