Asparagus

Early spring warmth causing growers sleepless nights

For many of the Midwest and Eastern states, spring weather arrived early. Most areas are three to four weeks ahead of schedule in terms of plant growth and bloom, according to university Extension offices.Such conditions... more »

Asparagus growers in top-producing Oceana County fear for their crops

Asparagus growers in Oceana County are collectively anxious, even dismal, about this season's unusual weather pattern.It could cost local farmers millions of pounds of asparagus and produce an estimated $2 million in financial loss.The extremely... more »

Asparagus prices announced

Michigan asparagus growers will get 73 cents per pound (cash) from the state's asparagus handlers this year - 74.5 cents per pound with payment terms, according to Ken Nye, executive director of the Michigan Agricultural... more »

Regional food hubs on the rise with local markets

Mark Coe, manager of the third-generation Calvin Lutz Farm in northwest Michigan, was surprised four years ago when a buyer for Chicago Public Schools went gaga for the farm's cull peaches."They wanted the smaller ones... more »

MSU to host IPM academy Feb. 20-21

Michigan State University Extension's Integrated Pest Management Academy will focus on introducing IPM concepts and preparing participants to implement IPM in the field or garden.The academy is designed to assist newcomers to pest management but... more »

MSU to host IPM academy Feb. 20-21

Michigan State University Extension's Integrated Pest Management Academy will focus on introducing IPM concepts and preparing participants to implement IPM in the field or garden.The academy is designed to assist newcomers to pest management but... more »

Ocean Mist Farms adds value to artichokes

Virtually every type of fruit and vegetable has been processed into a value-added product in recent years, as growers and processors rush to meet the rapidly growing demand for the convenience they offer consumers. But... more »

Public health concerns spur produce-market growth

Sam Shina's family owns 14 small grocery stores in Detroit. One of them could soon be part of a market incentive experiment designed to improve public health, expand sales for Michigan farmers and grow local... more »

U.K. grower creates asparagus market

If John Chinn has his way, he'll be supplying the United Kingdom with asparagus from February to November - with the help of Haygrove Tunnels.Already, he's bringing in double the wholesale price for asparagus he... more »

E-Verify contributes to labor shortages across the country

Congress hadn't passed mandatory E-Verify as of late October, but the threat that it might do so lingered over the country's fields and orchards for much of 2011. Just the rumor of E-Verify was enough... more »


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