Vegetables

Organic Grower: California’s unique strawberry pest control method

A novel pest management method is sweeping through California strawberry fields. Well, not sweeping, exactly. Growers and equipment dealers are essentially turning tractors into giant vacuums to remove Lygus bugs, which cause an estimated $200... more »

Drones help scout crops, but growers must consider costs

Drones help East Coast growers who typically don’t enjoy access to aerial applicator services, which prefer to service the larger row crop fields in the Midwest, said Kenny Strong, owner of Accurate Ag Spraying LLC.... more »

Veg Connections: Building organic matter in sandy soils

Soil organic matter (SOM) is often considered the foundation of a healthy soil because it mediates many biological, chemical and physical soil properties — from water holding capacity to nutrient availability. Strategies for building SOM... more »

Farm Bill: Conservation, research lead seed association priorities

Farm bill priorities for members of the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) are as diverse as the seeds they produce and/or distribute, from numerous crops to the regions of the U.S. they represent. But as... more »

G&R promotes packing operations manager

G&R Farms, a grower and shipper of sweet onions and pecans, has promoted one of its staffers. Ronald “Kelby” Werner, a senior team member, has been promoted from production manager to sales manager. Werner has... more »

NCAE asks labor department to change H-2A wage rate system

The National Council of Agricultural Employers (NCAE) is petitioning Acting Department of Labor Secretary Julie Su to amend the regulatory methodology for determining adverse effect wage rates (AEWR) for H-2A workers. Michael Marsh, president and... more »

SW Michigan Horticultural Days adds vegetable sessions

The 2024 Southwest Michigan Horticultural Days will feature sessions on sustainability, soil management, pest and disease management, and a day of vegetable information. The event will be Feb. 7-8, 2024 at Lake Michigan College’s Mendel... more »

Michigan Vegetable Council honors Main Farms, Rebecca Grumet

The Michigan Vegetable Council has chosen Main Farms, Six Lakes, as the recipient of the Master Farmer Award and Dr. Rebecca Grumet as the Master Farmer Associate Award honoree for 2023. The Main family and... more »

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