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  • Millennials in agriculture – Part 2

    Published on November 22, 2017

    Millennials tend to be discerning consumers willing to purchase food brands and products that embody their preferences for authenticity, transparency and responsible ingredient sourcing.

  • Millennials in agriculture – Part 1

    Published on November 22, 2017

    Millennials are expected to make farming more efficient and profitable by relying more on technology, innovation and entrepreneurship.

  • Harvesting grapes after fall frost

    Published on November 13, 2017

    The 2017 grape growing season ended with fall frost in northwest Michigan while fruit was still on the vine. What can this mean for harvest and cold acclimation?

  • East Michigan fruit update – Sept. 5, 2017

    Published on September 5, 2017

    Harvest of apples is in full swing. A few reports of dock sawfly feeding damage have been reported in apples and brown marmorated stink bug feeding damage continues in apples.

  • Understanding growing degree-days

    Published on August 25, 2017

    Growing degree-days, or heat units, help growers and researchers track the development of plants and pests.

  • East Michigan fruit update – Aug. 22, 2017

    Published on August 22, 2017

    Brown marmorated stink bugs and limited feeding damage continues in apples. Late summer apple varieties are being harvested, and early fall red raspberries are starting to be harvested this week, with blueberry and peach harvest ending soon.

  • East Michigan fruit update – Aug. 15, 2017

    Published on August 15, 2017

    Harvest continues for peaches and summer apple varieties, with blueberry harvest ending soon. Apple varieties are maturing earlier than predicted. Dry soils remain an issue for most of the region.

  • East Michigan fruit update – Aug. 8, 2017

    Published on August 8, 2017

    Scattered brown marmorated stink bug feeding damage is starting to be found in apples, with apple maggot flight remaining strong across the region.

  • East Michigan fruit update – Aug. 1, 2017

    Published on August 1, 2017

    Brown marmorated stink bugs are being caught in traps in apple blocks, with spotted wing Drosophila and apple maggot populations remaining high.

  • East Michigan fruit crop report – July 25, 2017

    Published on July 25, 2017

    Spotted wing Drosophila populations are very high for this time of season, and apple maggots are starting to be caught in traps. Hail damage is more common than reported a few weeks ago.

  • East Michigan fruit crop report – July 11, 2017

    Published on July 11, 2017

    Tart cherry, summer red and black raspberry harvest continues, with blueberry harvest starting at some farms. Much-needed rain swept through the region, bringing hail to several farms.

  • East Michigan fruit update – July 5, 2017

    Published on July 5, 2017

    Much needed rain came to Lenawee and Monroe counties. Harvest continues for sweet and tart cherries, summer red raspberries and saskatoons. Strawberry harvest continues at a few farms.

  • East Michigan fruit report – June 27, 2017

    Published on June 27, 2017

    Sweet and tart cherry harvest is starting. Summer red raspberry and saskatoon harvest continues. Strawberry harvest continues across the mid and northern parts of the region.

  • Michigan spotted wing Drosophila report for June 27, 2017

    Published on June 27, 2017

    Another jump was seen in flies caught in monitoring traps. Ripening sweet and tart cherries and early ripening blueberry cultivars are vulnerable. Monitoring for this pest is critical as crops become susceptible.

  • East Michigan fruit report – June 20, 2017

    Published on June 20, 2017

    Strawberry harvest continues across the region, summer red raspberry and saskatoon harvest is just getting underway and sweet cherry harvest will begin in a few days.

  • East Michigan fruit update – June 13, 2017

    Published on June 13, 2017

    Strawberry harvest continues across the region, although some farms have limited picking due to poor fruit quality. Soils remain dry at most farms.

  • East Michigan fruit update – June 6, 2017

    Published on June 6, 2017

    Strawberry harvest is underway for growers in the southern parts of the region and will begin over the weekend or early next week for others. Soils are dry at many farms.

  • East Michigan fruit update – May 30, 2017

    Published on May 30, 2017

    Strawberry growers in the southern parts of the region will begin harvest in the next four to five days. Our season has jumped ahead again with warm temperatures last week.

  • East Michigan fruit update – May 23, 2017

    Published on May 23, 2017

    The extent of frost and freeze damage in apples is more extensive than most growers anticipated. Sorting out frost damage from lack of pollination is a challenge this season.

  • East Michigan fruit update – May 9, 2017

    Published on May 9, 2017

    Frosty conditions for the last four mornings have concerned some fruit growers. Cold temperatures over the last week have dramatically slowed growth of fruit crops as well as insect development.

  • Celebrate the bees at our annual Bee Palooza

    Published on May 9, 2017

    The third week of June 2017 is National Pollinator Week, and Michigan State University’s Department of Entomology will be involved in several events to celebrate our fuzzy friends.

  • How to design a vineyard

    Published on May 8, 2017

    Ready to plant a vineyard? Watch this video of useful tips for designing a vineyard and avoid being stuck with common errors.

  • East Michigan fruit update – May 2, 2017

    Published on May 2, 2017

    With cooler temperatures and rain over the last five days, pollination of apples is a concern. Our season is running about seven to 10 days ahead of normal for bloom dates.

  • FSA Outreach Program starts Jan. 12, 2017

    Published on December 27, 2016

    The goal of this English/Spanish program is to increase access to Farm Services Agency (FSA) programs and services to Michigan small fruit growers.

  • Michigan brown marmorated stink bug report for Oct. 5, 2016

    Published on October 5, 2016

    Important management recommendations for growers who still have late ripening fruit to harvest. Damaged apples have been reported in Golden Delicious and other early ripening varieties harvested from trees at orchard margins.

  • Statewide wine grape virus survey underway

    Published on September 30, 2016

    This survey will help determine the prevalence of grape viruses in Michigan that cause production problems. Samples included in survey can be submitted until Oct. 14, 2016.

  • When am I farming, and when am I excavating?

    Published on August 22, 2016

    There are many underground pipelines delivering natural gas and hazardous liquids on many farms in Michigan. Any farm activity involving soil depth greater than 12 inches should be preceded by an “811 call.”

  • Is GroupGAP an option for your farm?

    Published on August 8, 2016

    With GroupGAP, growers can get certified under the same GAP Certification, a fit for some groups of growers. Check these significant considerations first.

  • East Michigan fruit regional report – August 2, 2016

    Published on August 2, 2016

    Weekend precipitation came to a few farms, but drought conditions continue at most. Last week saw first trap catch of brown marmorated stink bug. Red Haven peach harvest started over the weekend for southern growers.

  • East Michigan fruit regional report – July 22, 2016

    Published on July 22, 2016

    Spotted wing Drosophila trap catch and apple maggot numbers took a big jump this week. A few tenths of an inch of precipitation came to some fruit farms Thursday afternoon, while most others received none. Our drought continues across the region.

  • East Michigan fruit regional report – July 12, 2016

    Published on July 12, 2016

    Recent rains eased drought conditions for some farms. Sweet cherry harvest has finished for some and continues for others. Harvest continues for tart cherries, summer red raspberries, blueberries and early peach varieties.

  • East Michigan fruit regional report – July 5, 2016

    Published on July 5, 2016

    The drought continues over east Michigan, with plant stress signs becoming more common. Strawberry harvest has finished. Sweet and tart cherry and summer red raspberry harvest continues. Early blueberry and peach varieties are being harvested.

  • Bird management options for fruit growers

    Published on June 30, 2016

    Bird damage may be more intense in dry years as birds turn to fruit to meet their nutrition and hydration needs. Fruit growers can employ one or more bird deterrent strategies.

  • East Michigan fruit regional report – June 28, 2016

    Published on June 28, 2016

    Soils are very dry, creating drought stress in tree and small fruits. Strawberry harvest has finished in southern parts of our region, and sweet and tart cherry and summer red raspberry harvest is getting underway.

  • Disease activity picking up in grapes

    Published on June 14, 2016

    Disease symptoms are becoming more apparent. Continued monitoring and preventive fungicide sprays are advised to protect developing fruit after fruit set.

  • Supporting beneficial insects on your farm or garden

    Published on June 7, 2016

    MSU research has identified the best plants for supporting pollinators and natural enemies. At this Aug. 2 workshop, you can see the plants and learn how to use them on your farm or garden.

  • How to tie grapevines

    Published on February 12, 2016

    Check out our videos and then prepare to tie grapevines to trellises this spring.

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