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  • “Hidden” benefits of supplemental lighting

    Published on April 7, 2021
    High light can at least partly decrease the effects of other environmental parameters on greenhouse crops. These can be considered “hidden” benefits because the effects are often not obvious.

  • Broad mites now active in greenhouse floriculture crops

    Published on March 31, 2015
    Greenhouse growers need to recognize symptoms on broad mite injury and understand the most effective miticides to control this pest.

  • Strategies to shorten crop production time

    Published on October 6, 2021
    This article briefly summarizes how genetics, transplant size, and cultural and environmental conditions can shorten, or in some cases unintentionally lengthen, the production time of crops grown in greenhouses.

  • R&D Summer Intern

    Hiring Organization: Pleasant View Gardens, Inc.
    Employment type: Internship
    Application Deadline: April 30, 2021
    Job Location: Loudon, NH

  • Student Research Technicians- 6 Positions

    Hiring Organization: MSU Tree Fruit Entomology Lab
    Employment type: Full-Time
    Application Deadline: April 30, 2021
    Job Location: East Lansing, MI

  • Young Plant Program Manager

    Hiring Organization: Van Wingerden Greenhouses
    Employment type: Full-Time
    Application Deadline: July 31, 2021
    Job Location: Blaine, Washington

  • Non-chemical height control strategies for greenhouse crops

    Published on April 14, 2006
    Covering the advantages and disadvantages of plant growth retardants (PGRs).

  • Register now for a greenhouse bus tour to Ontario in October

    Published on September 10, 2015
    Attendees will visit wholesale greenhouses and a garden center, and see innovative automation on the action-packed tour to the Niagara region of Canada. Registration has been extended to October 16!

  • Eco-labeling: Which terms really are effective in marketing ornamental plants?

    Published on February 7, 2014
    Consumers are most interested in locally produced plants and biodegradable or compostable pots.

  • Using the Enviroweather Station Data for Management and Building Your Own?

    Published on February 19, 2021

    MI Ag Ideas to Grow With 2021 - Weather and Wildlife Session: The MSU Enviroweather system provides excellent weather information for agricultural management across the state. The system is getting a facelift that should allow users greater access to information and management tools. Keith Mason will be on hand to discuss these changes, what they will mean for users, and other potential tools the team hopes to provide to enhance crop and pest management decisions. Erin Lizotte, Long time MSU Fruit Educator, has now been charged with leading MSU’s IPM Program. She will talk a little about what direction she would like to take the program and ask for some input from participants on what you would like to see for more or better tools in pest management.

  • Lighting greenhouse vegetables

    Published on December 7, 2011
    The primary way to increase fruit yield (fruit number and/or size) is to increase the amount of photosynthetic light provided to plants.

  • Western flower thrips biological control in the summer

    Published on June 15, 2016
    Greenhouse growers will need to adapt their biological control strategies for thrips with temperatures above 80 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • New videos address greenhouse sustainability

    Published on October 31, 2011
    About 40 short videos have been created to investigate how growers, academics, and industry leaders are addressing greenhouse sustainability in the U.S. and the Netherlands.

  • Non-chemical height control strategies for greenhouse crops: part II

    Published on April 28, 2006
    In this issue, we focus on a few cultural strategies that can be used to control plant height.

  • The future of greenhouse lighting

    Published on September 24, 2010
    This article, written in 2010, gazes into the crystal ball about how light-emitting diodes (LEDs) will become the primary lighting source for plant applications.

  • Greenhouse shading options

    Published on March 24, 2008
    As spring approaches and days get gradually longer, growers need to look at ways to limit the light and heat that affect their most sensitive crops.

  • How to Use Enviroweather for Spotted Wing Drosophila Management

    Published on February 10, 2020

    10-minute video describing what MSU Enviroweather is and how to use it when managing SWD.

  • Applying pollen over a crop as an alternative food source for predatory mites

    Published on January 20, 2015
    Cattail pollen is an effective supplemental food source for predatory mites in some cropping systems. However, the strategy is still debated among scientists.

  • Soybean Virtual Field Day - Marty Chilvers

    Published on August 26, 2020

    Martin Chilvers, an associate professor in the MSU Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences (PSM) and MSU Extension field crops pathologist, and graduate students Austin McCoy and Viviana Ortiz: The Chilvers lab conducts research to understand and improve management of diseases. This presentation provided an update on soybean disease management and current disease management trials.

  • Fusarium wilt of Cyclamen

    Published on September 4, 2014
    When scouting your cyclamen crop, know the symptoms of the vascular wilt, Fusarium.