Asparagus

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 »

Occasional light tillage may benefit asparagus fields

Michigan's asparagus industry began experimenting with the no-till system of production in the 1970s and since that time the system has been nearly universally adopted by our state's growers. There is a very sound theory... more »

Vegetable growers have a lot to learn at the 2011 EXPO

Vegetable growers have a lot to learn at the 2011 EXPOThis year's Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable and Farm Market EXPO will offer a variety of educational sessions and special events. There should be something of... more »

Haygrove Brit Tour: Day 2

Day two our our tour finds us at Cobrey Farms, the UK's largest asparagus operation. Grower John Chinn estimates that his farm grows 27 percent of the UK's asparagus crop, with 1,000 acres in the... more »

Haygrove Brit Tour: Day 1

The first official day of our tour took us to Ledbury, the location of Haygrove's headquarters. Crops grown on the site include strawberries, cherries, raspberries and blackberries. All of Haygrove's production is under high tunnels.... more »

Mechanization, imports might solve worker problem

The value of California's fruit, nut and vegetable crops was $20 billion in 2009, almost 60 percent of the state's farm sales of $35 billion. California dominates U.S. production of these crops and currently accounts... more »

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