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Researchers try chemigation on new plantings

By Matt Milkovich, Managing EditorMichigan State University (MSU) researchers, in collaboration with the Michigan asparagus industry, are studying the efficacy of chemigation in an experimental asparagus field in the western part of the state.The two-and-a-half-acre... more »

Florida growers not required to provide housing

By Everett Brazill III, Southern Correspondent This is part of an VGN series on migrant labor housing conditions in different states. Housing in Michigan was covered in the previous issue. This story examines conditions in... more »

Funk Farm Market to Close This Year

So, what do you do when you're ready to step away from the farm market, but nobody wants to take it over? Start early, said Fred Funk. "You won't execute your exit plan in a... more »

California Pumpkin Grower Seeks to be a Facilitator

If there's anybody out there who can take a farmer, a politician, a regulator, a corporate CEO and an environmentalist, sit them down on hay bales and get them to share their viewpoints, it's probably... more »

Pumpkins can Grow in Florida, but are They Worth the Risk?

Pumpkins in Florida? That's crazy talk. It's way too hot to be able to grow them that far south. Then again, how many people have tried it? Doug Gergela, for one. The University of Florida... more »

Growing Better Carrots

Back in the good old days, carrot growers in Michigan didn't need to grow perfect carrots. They had a pretty good market for cull carrots, as the state's half-million deer hunters lapped them up to... more »

Growers Getting Desperate in California Water Crisis

Like a lot of growers on the western side of California's San Joaquin Valley, Joe Del Bosque has had to cut back on his plantings. Water shortages forced him to fallow roughly half his 2,300... more »

Researchers Study Fusarium Wilt in Watermelons

Fusarium wilt is a devastating disease for many crops, but is manageable if the affected crop is rotated out of the field for several years and replaced with a crop that isn't susceptible to the... more »


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