The Clarksville Research Center hosts research on small fruits and tree fruits, as well as potatoes, chestnuts and a variety of other crops.
The Clarksville Research Center (CRC) hosts research on small fruits and tree fruits as well as potatoes, chestnuts and a variety of other crops. Research at the 440-acre site includes variety development, fruit thinning and growth regulators, dwarf rootstocks for fruit trees, integrated pest management, organic production systems and new pruning practices to help make production more profitable, efficient and environmentally friendly.
CRC is a valuable site for inoculated potato late blight field trials because of its isolation from potato-growing areas.
The Michigan chestnut industry has been growing steadily over the last decade, with a substantial amount of interest from new growers.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Specialty Crop Research Initiative has awarded a team of Michigan State University researchers $1.47 million to test the effectiveness of a solid set canopy delivery system for tree fruit.
Members of the Michigan agriculture industry and others are invited to tour several of the Michigan State University research facilities this summer during the annual field day festivities.
Over the past couple of decades, apple orchards around the country have been undergoing a quiet yet monumental transformation.