Midwest

Biodegradable mulch lessens labor pressure

Plastic mulch helps control weeds, conserve moisture and speed soil warmup – to name a few advantages – but biodegradable plastic mulch offers that and potentially even more. “Plastic mulch is a very common tool... more »

Michigan offers value-added grant opportunity

The Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development is now accepting applications for its latest round of value-added grants. The Value-Added Grant Program is designed to help retain, expand, attract or develop agricultural processing in... more »

2018 Michigan asparagus crop biggest in a decade; processing price even

The year after a productive season, Michigan asparagus growers will keep their prices for processing asparagus locked in. Growers met March 14  with researchers, educators, handlers and industry officials at Oceana Asparagus Day in New... more »

Carrot nitrate content could soar in late season

That last nitrogen fertilizer application before carrot harvest is thought to benefit yield, strengthen tops for harvest and possibly reduce susceptibility to foliar disease. It can also increase nitrate levels in the harvested carrots with... more »

Muck fields may attract bees to aid pollination

The causes of pollinator decline have been well-documented, but research at Ohio State University’s Muck Farm near Willard, Ohio, is trying a new approach of putting pollinator habitat in strips among the vegetable crops. “Can... more »

Specialty crop interests among Michigan grant awardees

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) awarded 16 Rural Development Fund Grants designed to promote the sustainability of land-based industries and support infrastructure that benefits rural communities. “What these grants demonstrate is... more »

Remote sensing and drone technology update on March 21

Remote Sensing Technologies LLC and Michigan State University Extension have collaborated to offer a remote sensing and drone technology update workshop from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. on March 21, 2019, at the Eaton County MSU Extension office, 551 Courthouse Drive Suite One,... more »

Michigan man honors family farming history by creating potato-based vodka

Chris Iott is not among the Iott brothers who have made a career out of running the family’s northern Michigan seed farm, but he has found a way to create a new niche for his... more »


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