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  • Michigan vegetable crop report - June 23, 2022

    Published on June 23, 2022
    The rollercoaster weather has created conditions supportive of oomycete pathogens like Phytophthora and downy mildew, and hot/dry weather-loving insects like thrips, mites and aphids.

  • Camera or drone video can help identify center pivot sprinkler repairs

    Published on June 23, 2022
    Before we enter July and August when the bulk of irrigation water is applied, use a camera or drone video of pivot water patterns and pipe leaks to greatly help you prioritize needed repairs or sprinkler replacement.

  • June crop water needs

    Published on June 23, 2022
    Many areas in Indiana and Michigan quickly went from too much rainfall at planting to sparse rainfall from emergence on leading to an early start for the irrigation season.

  • Reducing heat stress for you and your employees

    Published on June 22, 2022
    Heat stress can be an issue for you and your employees, even in a northern state like Michigan. Multiple 90+ degree days during spring 2022 brought that to light for many of us working in agriculture.

  • Irrigation season: Start with inspections and repairs

    Published on June 16, 2022
    Running through a checklist of inspections and repairs for each irrigation system greatly improves the chance of being able to start irrigating the day the crop needs it.

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