Sometimes, the only way to make something better is to forget everything you already know about it, and start again. That strategy brought some surprising results – in a good way – for Michigan State University (MSU) entomologist Larry Gut’s Project GREEEN (Generating Research and Extension to meet Economic and Environmental Needs) research in improving codling moth management techniques for Michigan’s fruit growers.
“How can we help Michigan field crop farmers adapt to and help mitigate a changing climate?” Finding an answer to this question was what brought Michigan State University (MSU) colleagues Claire Layman and Julie Doll together on a research project intent on finding ways to engage the producer, scientist and decision maker communities in discussions about the relationship between climate change and agriculture.
Miners have been in the news a lot lately. They’ve been stuck below ground. They’ve been rescued. They’ve been all over television and newspapers. Basically, we have miner fever. One tiny miner, however, isn’t garnering any applause. Instead, it is causing trouble for Michigan’s asparagus growers. Fortunately, researchers at Michigan State University (MSU) are out to find a way to stop it in its tracks.
Researchers at Michigan State University (MSU) have developed a handy, new tool for vegetable growers that provides them with information about insect pests in order to help control damage before it even starts.
Growing wine grapes in Michigan can be tricky. The European vinifera grape varieties that many people are familiar with, such as Riesling or Chardonnay, are not native to Michigan, but the favorable climate along Michigan’s western coast has allowed these varieties to grow well with proper management. Because wine grape growing is a relatively young industry in the state, Michigan grape growers are searching for the best methods to manage the growing of vinifera grape varieties so that the grapes will make wine people will enjoy.
Growers experimenting with production in hoop houses are looking for any tools—knowledge, skills or resources—possible to add to their toolboxes. One Project GREEEN-funded project provided them with a tool every small business needs to get on its feet—a sample business plan.
Floating chestnuts used to mean sinking profits for chestnut growers around the world, but Michigan State University (MSU) researchers have found problems with the age-old selection practice and are working toward a high-tech solution.
“Hate” is a strong word, but soybean growers truly hate soybean aphids, the most damaging soybean pest in the north central United States. Now a Michigan State University (MSU ) researcher is turning the tables on the destructive yellow creature, breeding new varieties of soybeans that aphids hate.