Midwest

Summer tour by Ohio Produce Growers and Marketers canceled

The 2020 Ohio Produce Marketers Association's (OPGMA) Summer Tour at The Pickwick Place scheduled for June 23, 2020, has been canceled due to COVID-19. If you registered for the event already, you will receive a full refund.... more »

Food supply in danger if we don’t use immigrant workers legally, grower says

On May 13, Fox Business published the following commentary by Fred Leitz, a farmer and a past president of the National Council of Agricultural Employers who lives in Sodus, Michigan. "The novel coronavirus has given... more »

Brock Waggoner joins Helm Agro US as Midwest sales agronomist

Helm Agro US Inc., a global manufacturer of crop protection and fertilizer products, announces the hiring of Brock Waggoner as sales agronomist for the Midwest region. Primary responsibilities in... more »

Should I irrigate ahead of the coming freeze?

Many growers are irrigating ahead of the upcoming winter-like weather in Michigan with the hopes of protecting seedlings of early-sown vegetables (Photo 1 above). How does this work? Water is a better thermal conductor than air.... more »

Great Lakes Vegetable Producer’s Network debuts on Wednesdays

There is an extended inter-university group of researchers and Extension personnel  who are hosting a live weekly roundtable discussion during the growing season for commercial vegetable producers in the Great Lakes and Midwest region. It’s... more »

Specialty crop irrigation an alternative to educational meetings

Southwest Michigan and northwest Indiana share over a million acres of irrigated land that are mostly used for field crops and processing vegetable production. Irrigation for 20 acres or less of specialty crops or vegetable... more »

USDA destroying flowers to eradicate Ralstonia bacteria

Federal officials are working with greenhouses in 39 states to destroy infected pink geraniums and prevent an invasive bacterium from infecting vegetable crops. USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) recently confirmed a Ralstonia... more »

Purdue Student Farm helps stock local food pantries with fresh produce

Amid rising economic insecurity and heightened uncertainty, the Purdue Student Farm is doing all it can to keep its local community healthy and well-fed. The usual outlets the farm sells to, mainly campus dining venues,... more »


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