Crop Management

General Michael Hayden to keynote 2015 United Fresh Washington Conference

Michael Hayden, retired U.S. Air Force four-star general and former Director of both the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the National Security Agency (NSA) will present the keynote address Tuesday, September 29 at the Opening... more »

Breeding, energy, shelf life will drive the future of storage

What might produce storage look like in the future? Several experts shared their thoughts with VGN.Randy Beaudry, a horticulture professor at Michigan State University, said storage technology has pushed produce about as hard as it... more »

Free workshops to help farmers use Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program

UC Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) is hosting workshops in July and August to help producers of specialty crops in California understand and apply for the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program (NAP) from USDA.... more »

UC President names Glenda Humiston to lead Agriculture and Natural Resources

University of California President Janet Napolitano will propose to the UC Board of Regents that they approve a veteran administrator with decades of experience in agriculture, natural resources, and sustainability as the next leader of... more »

Late blight, downy mildew confirmed on East Coast

On Monday, late blight was confirmed in two tomato fields in Morris County in Northern New Jersey. These are the first reports on tomato in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions.Previous reports, the closest of which... more »

Food safety is enhanced if you harvest after a rain

To protect consumers from foodborne illness, produce farmers should wait 24 hours after a rain or irrigating their fields to harvest crops, according to new research published in the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology.Rain or... more »

Managing bacterial spot in tomato

Bacterial spot is becoming an increasingly devastating disease of tomato in the mid-Atlantic region. Not only can the pathogen directly damage the fruit, severe foliar infection can lead to defoliation reducing both the quality and... more »

PMA meets with industry leaders to address produce safety policy

Produce Marketing Association officials convened leaders of the fresh produce industry, regulatory officials, and esteemed members of academia for a Produce Safety Policy Conference in Washington D.C. Topics discussed during the event were the Food... more »

Cucumber downy mildew makes an early appearance in Michigan

Cucumber downy mildew has been confirmed on cucumber leaves in Michigan. Downy mildew disease is incited by a microorganism calledPseudoperonospora cubensis and is a highly destructive foliar disease of cucurbit vegetables. In Michigan, cucumbers, watermelons... more »

New study says crop rotation has positive impact on soil

A study authored by Michigan State University (MSU) Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences assistant professor Lisa Tiemann is the first of its kind to show that crop rotations, in isolation from other management... more »


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