Wednesday, April 20, 2011

MSU News for Ag - 4/19/11

MSU/MSUE Educators have published a new set of articles pertaining to Vegetables, Fruit, and Field Crops. Click 'read more' for the entire list.

Field Crops

On-farm bulk fertilizer storage reduces price risks

Apr 19, 2011 | George Silva | On-farm storage capability offers farmers the flexibility of purchasing fertilizer when prices are most favorable.

Manure testing shows true value

Apr 19, 2011 | Roberta Osborne | Escalating fertilizer prices make it important to understand the true value of your manure. Proper manure sampling and testing is the best way to give correct nutrient credit to your fields.



Vegetables

EPA specific exemption for Agri-Mek 0.15 EC in onions

Apr 19, 2011 | Zsofia Szendrei | Follow the label for the Section 18 exemption to use this product on dry bulb onion through September 30, 2011.

On-farm bulk fertilizer storage reduces price risks

Apr 19, 2011 | George Silva | On-farm storage capability offers farmers the flexibility of purchasing fertilizer when prices are most favorable.

Manure testing shows true value

Apr 19, 2011 | Roberta Osborne | Escalating fertilizer prices make it important to understand the true value of your manure. Proper manure sampling and testing is the best way to give correct nutrient credit to your fields.

First aid kits prevent produce contamination

Apr 18, 2011 | Phil Tocco | Key features of an acceptable first aid kit for Good Agricultural Practices compliant farms.




Fruit

Monitor grape buds for climbing cutworm and flea beetles

Apr 19, 2011 | Rufus Isaacs | The cool spring may cause buds to swell for an extended period placing buds at increased feeding risk from cutworms.

Apple flea weevil begins spring emergence

Apr 19, 2011 | Matthew J. Grieshop, Anne Nielsen, and Larry Gut | MSU research is underway to help growers manage this emerging pest.

Bitterpit control in apples

Apr 19, 2011 | Philip Schwallier and Amy Irish-Brown | Low calcium levels are the source of bitterpit in apples.

Southwest Michigan fruit update

Apr 19, 2011 | Mark Longstroth, Bill Shane and Diane Brown | April showers bring infection periods to Southwest Michigan.

West Central Michigan fruit update

Apr 19, 2011 | Mira Danilovich | No insect activity yet, but growers should be watching for wetting events and the potential for scab development.

East Michigan fruit update

Apr 19, 2011 | Bob Tritten | The spring that never comes – we are still two weeks behind normal.