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Lifted deer-baiting ban relieves farmers, but timing affects bait supply

A few years ago, Oceana County farmer Larry Van Sickle was uncertain about his financial future after the state Natural Resources Commission issued a deer baiting ban and he wasn't able to sell his harvested... more »

Arizona farm reinvents to stay successful

When you think of Arizona, you don't immediately think of fruit and vegetable farming. That is probably part of what has made Schnepf's Farms in Queen Creek, Ariz., successful, according to Mark and Carrie Schnepf.... more »

Irrigation experiments continue at MSU asparagus field

At an experimental asparagus field in western Michigan, researchers and students are trying to find the best way to irrigate the perennial crop.The research being done on the 2.5-acre field in asparagus-rich Oceana County is... more »

Lifting of Michigan deer-baiting ban reopens market for growers

When Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder took office this year, he split the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Department of Environmental Quality back into two separate offices, with new leadership. This laid the groundwork... more »

Nematode, soil health challenges can’t wait

My work with Michigan soils and nematodes started 21 years ago with a three-year sweet cherry tree decline project with plant pathologist Alan Jones and nematologist George Bird. We established that soil pH was the... more »

Bolthouse Farms sees IPO or sale to private equity

The company that made baby carrots popular is more likely to go public or be sold to a different private equity firm than be bought by a giant corporation, according to its CEO. ReutersTo read... more »

Irrigating asparagus has its advantages

Why consider irrigation in asparagus? Asparagus is not traditionally irrigated in rain-fed production areas of the Midwest and Northeast. However, drought stress during fern growth limits production of the root carbohydrates necessary for high yields... more »

California growers turning to center-pivot

Center-pivot irrigation could become the wave of the future in California, where farmers are looking to maximize water efficiency and minimize labor costs. About 30 growers attended a meeting recently in Five Points, Calif. -... more »


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