Michigan

French ag tech company expands US operations to Michigan

The French-based company Janny MT will base new U.S. operations for its United States subsidiary, JMT US, in Lansing, Michigan. “JMT works directly with growers to increase crop value by extending storage time,” said Benoit Janny, Janny... more »

Nestlé study: French fries are toddlers’ top vegetable

More than a quarter – 27 percent – of young children do not consume a single serving of vegetables during the day, according to the Feeding Infants and Toddlers Study (FITS). Among the toddlers who... more »

Moving toward organic production, certification

The growth in the organic sector has caught the interest of many people. Growing vegetables is already a challenge and growing in accordance with the USDA National Organic Program (NOP) standards brings a different set... more »

Take steps to get to the root of weed control failures

Controlling weeds is one of the most challenging parts of vegetable production. It is especially frustrating when the time and money you invest do not yield the weed control you had hoped for. Herbicide resistance... more »

Veggie diagnostics: The latest on nematodes, tillage and herbicide injury

Identifying alternate hosts for nematodes, using shallow tillage to reduce weed pressure and correctly identifying herbicide injury are important topics for vegetable growers. “The northern root knot nematode is very common in Michigan, but we... more »

Despite a late start, Michigan asparagus growers confident

A cool spring and late snowfall have pushed back the harvest schedules for Michigan Harvest growers, who nevertheless expect to deliver similar volumes to last year. Growers across the state have “one of the latest... more »

For growers using H-2A labor, housing tops difficulties

Growers using the H-2A visa program for seasonal labor say it’s working, but among the program’s most difficult rules are its housing requirements. At a panel discussion at the Northwest Michigan Orchard and Vineyard Show... more »

Growers develop mechanized lean-lower trellis device for tomatoes

A startup Michigan company is offering a back-saving device for easing down tomato vines that have grown to the top of the greenhouse. The Summit Trellis System by Still Water Designs leans and lowers entire... more »

Todd Greiner Farms expands asparagus production, packaging plant

Todd Greiner Farms Packing, an asparagus grower, packer and shipper based in Hart, Michigan is expanding its production and packaging plans for the 2018 retail season. The company recently completed a 20,000-square-foot addition to its... more »

Greens grower builds on shared wisdom of small farms

A small farm in Presque Isle, Michigan shows the organization and expertise available to a new farmer not afraid to seek out advice and try new techniques. Dion Stepanski of Presque Isle Farm spoke about... more »


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