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2017 Oceana Asparagus Day to highlight Michigan industry

The 2017 Oceana Asparagus Day on March 9 in New Era, Michigan, will host speakers who can help you understand all the ingredients that go into asparagus production. These ingredients are changing as the industry... more »

Integrated Crop, Pest Management Update set for Dec. 20

Michigan State University Extension and Eaton County MSU Extension will host the 2016 Integrated Crop and Pest Management Update on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the MSU Pavilion for... more »

Prepare for production challenges with cabbage, kale

Ornamental cabbage and kale (Brassica oleracea var. acephalaL.) are produced commercially during the summer and fall along with other crops such as asters, chrysanthemums, pansies and other cold-tolerant bedding plants. Greenhouse and outdoor ornamental cabbage... more »

Downy mildew confirmed in Michigan cucumbers

Growers on Michigan’s east side should consider preventive fungicide sprays for cucumbers and melons (watermelons, cantaloupe, muskmelon) now that downy mildew has been verified in Bay County over the weekend. A young downy mildew infection... more »

Renovating strawberries improves next year’s crop

Perennial strawberries (matted row production) are normally planted on bare ground in the spring, maintained the first year with herbicides, fertilizer and irrigation, and then harvested for two to three years. After the first year... more »

Soil organic matter production varies by manure sources

The use of livestock manure to build up soil health, specifically soil organic matter, is a practice that has been embraced by the agricultural community as well as soil scientists. But a few questions remain... more »

Crafting the right insurance coverage for farm property

As a farmer you are well acquainted with risk and the many forms it can take to impact your operation. An important risk mitigation tool that farmers can use is insurance on farm property. Insurance... more »

MSU Extension releases butternut squash cereal rye cover crop trial results

A Specialty Crop Block Grant from the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development funded a one-year cover cropping trial in butternut squash. The trial was planted at the Forgotten Harvest Ore Creek Farm (9153 Major... more »

Cover Cropping for Pollinators, Beneficial Insects publication available

Careful planning and consideration are part of every producer’s short- and long-term management strategies. Deciding to use cover crops has become a more common practice to increases soil health and weed management in Michigan fields.... more »

Plan now for winter storage of pesticides

For farmers, the busiest time of the year is the fall. Adding something else seems to be intolerable, for those farms that have extra pesticides winter storage needs to be added to the long chore... more »

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Vertical greens growing trend gets its own USDA grant

Multiple factors shape 2021 vegetable crop

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New research seen on Reflex’s crop safety on vegetables

Government, industry eye E. coli in leafy greens

Farm Market column: Consider procs and cons of selling at farmers’ markets

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