Watermelon mosaic virus detected in winter squash

Watermelon mosaic virus 2 (WMV2) was confirmed by Jan Byrne, plant pathology diagnostician from MSU Diagnostic Services, on winter squash. Several viruses infect and damage squash, cucumbers and pumpkins in Michigan, but WMV2 is the... more »

USDA finalizes national watermelon promotion board redistricting

USDA announced that it is adopting the final rule to add two importer seats and change the boundaries of all districts under the Watermelon Research and Promotion Plan.At least once every five years, pursuant to... more »

Ag employers feel the pinch from E-Verify, state reforms

If you weren't familiar with E-Verify before, you're probably familiar with it now.E-Verify is an Internet-based system that compares information from an employee's I-9 form to data from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)... more »

Downy mildew outbreak in southeast Michigan cucumbers

Downy mildew on cucumbers was reported in Carleton in southeast Michigan July 7. Click here to see the Michigan downy mildew map. It is not clear as to the extent of this outbreak or its... more »

How do you replace methyl bromide?

Methyl bromide has worked wonders for Florida strawberry growers over the years, eliminating a broad spectrum of pests in a fairly straightforward manner. Stricter environmental controls and an international agreement have slowly phased out use... more »

Texas safety site caters to nation’s food producers

The annual watermelon harvest that began in late April was the start of Texas fruit and vegetable yields, from the tropical southern regions to the fertile northwest plains.While fresh produce pours into the market bins,... more »

Monsanto devises new produce varieties with range of benefits

At the store one morning you finally ditched the old "thump test" and picked out a perfectly ripe melon based on color alone. The Kansas City StarTo read more, click here. more »

Vegetable use up in 2010

In 2010, per capita disappearance (net domestic use) of all vegetables, melons, potatoes,sweet potatoes, pulse crops and mushrooms rose slightly to 420 pounds, according to USDA's April 28 Vegetables and Melons Outlook.Increased domestic disappearance of... more »

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