Aroostook Hops helps keep Maine brewers happy

2021-04-29T10:11:47-05:00May 3, 2021|Grower, Grower East|

Aroostook Hops was recently awarded a $50,000 grant from the state’s ag department. The grant is being used to make a number of infrastructure improvements, including a new harvester and a building to house it. Photo courtesy of Aroostook Hops

by Enrico Villamaino

If nothing else, 2020 gave us all an understandable reason to enjoy a good beer (or possibly several). But for brewers to provide us with good beer, they first need access to high quality hops. (more…)

Specializing in the unusual

2021-04-29T10:02:50-05:00May 3, 2021|Grower, Grower East|

Grower Allison Akbay diversified her farm and now provides a wide variety of specialty crops for customers nearby, including mulberries and cherries. Photo courtesy of Snapping Turtle Farm

by Sally Colby

As she begins her fifth year of farming, Allison Akbay falls under the USDA’s definition of “beginning farmer.” But Allison doesn’t fit the beginner mold. (more…)

Off to a good start

2021-04-29T08:55:55-05:00May 3, 2021|Grower, Grower East, Grower Midwest, Grower West|

Don’t allow cuttings to become water stressed because stress increases the risk of crown budding. Start to establish wet/dry cycles, but don’t let cuttings or liners become dry or wilted. Photo by Sally Colby

by Sally Colby

Many who visit garden centers in late summer and early autumn are looking for mums to brighten the landscape, so mum growers strive for full, healthy plants. (more…)

Learning how to turn off your stress switches

2021-04-29T08:53:25-05:00May 3, 2021|Grower, Grower East, Grower Midwest, Grower West|

by Sonja Heyck-Merlin

Matt Rush and Rich Taylor are the founders of a wellness program named “Stress Free You.” Rush, who has a ranch in Texas, used to work in corporate business. Taylor is a former advertising executive. They are also co-authors of the book “Stress Free You! Discover How To Turn of Stress with the Flick of a Switch.” (more…)

Improving the precision of air-assist orchard spraying

2021-04-29T08:43:02-05:00May 3, 2021|Grower, Grower East, Grower Midwest, Grower West|

by Courtney Llewellyn

There are three different ways to improve the precision of existing orchard spraying systems. That’s what Dr. Jason Deveau of the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, and author of the seminal “Airblast 101,” believes. And when you’re trying to improve accuracy, the best advice for one sprayer isn’t necessarily what’s best for another. (more…)