Provided color development is not negatively affected and a timely harvest can be managed, the outlook is good for storability of ReTain-treated fruit.
Agriculture teachers help students become entrepreneurs and agriculturalists who will help shape the future of agriculture through development of skills, problem solving, and experiential learning. On Sept. 20, National Teach Ag Day celebrated these teachers and encourages students to consider a career in agricultural education.
In honor of this celebration, Michigan Farm Bureau is highlighting the eight Michigan FFA Chapters which received the Michigan Foundation for Agriculture’s #SpeakAgMichigan award in 2018. This award is given to chapters engaged in agricultural education and outreach activities in their communities.
Winning chapters set clear goals and worked with partnering organizations and teachers to deliver dynamic learning experiences for youth and adults. The 2018 #SpeakAgMichigan application deadline is Dec. 1, 2018.
Ubly County FFA Chapter was selected as the third place chapter for their elementary March is Reading Month and gardening outreach.
Average Michigan Apple harvest is about 25.2 million bushels per year.
New genomic information may lead to improvements for a traditional health food.
Aurora, Draper and Liberty, commercially released together in 2004, remain the most widely planted northern highbush blueberry varieties on Earth.
“Michigan farmers have raised concerns about the effectiveness of PACA in regard to recovery of payments from processors when there is a bankruptcy…”
SWD numbers are six times higher than in past years at this time during the season. Although trap numbers are down this week, be cautious with management decisions as rain, humidity and wet weather will likely stimulate SWD activity.
An international team of researchers has discovered evidence of 27 previously unknown viruses in bees. The finding could help scientists design strategies to prevent the spread of viral pathogens among these important pollinators.
All major fruit produced in Michigan last year saw reduced production.
Monitoring traps are detecting increasing fly activity as fruit continue to ripen.
Michigan tart cherry production forecast is 264 million pounds, 60 percent larger than the 2017 June cherry production forecast, with MI sweet cherry production up 27 percent. With the news of a larger than expected crop comes the realization that, because of trade issues surrounding cherries and other commodities, more fruit is not necessarily a good thing.
Leasing equipment, facilities or vehicles often can bring benefits to businesses looking to reduce costs, improve cash flow and maximize tax advantages. Understanding if a lease is best for your business requires individual consideration, but there are some overall benefits of leasing that may make it the right decision for you.
The resulting southwesterly flow across the Midwest led to a very active storm track across the region, and in many portions of Michigan, to heavy rainfall and extended fall fieldwork delays extending into early October.
Your Field Focus reporters are busier than ever with harvest in full swing. Looks like they’re all optimistic about 2018 and into the future. Be sure to thank them for their reports this year and for their contributions to agriculture and society as a whole.
A strengthening upper-air ridge across the Midwest brought warm, dry weather to most of Michigan during the middle of September, allowing maturing crops and soils to dry/drain following a period of much- above normal rainfall during late August and September.