Predatory Insects Like Pretty Flowers Too

2021-03-02T09:49:42-05:00March 2, 2021|Grower, Grower East, Grower Midwest, Grower West|

As biological controls become more viable as complements or replacements for pesticides and other chemicals, more growers are finding ways to keep these predatory insects happy.

According to a new study by researchers at the University of Copenhagen, predatory insects live longer when they have access to nectar and pollen. Flowers benefit both the insects and the farmers. (more…)

Grafting and growing

2021-02-09T11:48:04-05:00February 9, 2021|Grower East|

Mackintosh Fruit Farm recently put up deer fencing to help keep the animals from sneaking into their orchards. Photo courtesy of Mackintosh Fruit Farm

by Sally Colby

When Bill Mackintosh wanted to establish an orchard 30 years ago, he couldn’t afford to purchase trees. But he came up with a solution, and it brought him to where he is today. (more…)

Choosing high tunnel tech that works for you

2021-02-09T11:41:29-05:00February 9, 2021|Grower, Grower East, Grower Midwest, Grower West|

Dave Chapman, owner of Long Wind Farm in East Thetford, VT, was the presenter in part one of a series on high tunnel growing. Photo courtesy of Dave Chapman

by Sonja Heyck-Merlin

Dave Chapman, owner of Long Wind Farm in East Thetford, VT, was the main speaker in the first of a three-part webinar series titled “High Tunnels After Dark: 2020 High Tunnel Production Conference.” (more…)

Cherry-picking the ideal systems for cherry orchards

2021-02-09T11:36:20-05:00February 9, 2021|Grower, Grower East, Grower Midwest, Grower West|

Matthew Whiting is a horticulture professor at Washington State University specializing in orchard architecture and mechanization. Photo courtesy of Matthew Whiting

by Enrico Villamaino

Cherry trees are large, with complicated architectures, but they bear small fruit. Proper cultivation and care of cherry trees results in a heavy dependence on labor. (more…)

Strategizing for fall strawberry production

2021-02-09T11:34:03-05:00February 9, 2021|Grower East, Grower Midwest|

Day-neutral strawberries grow best when placed in crowned, raised beds and protected by plastic. Photo courtesy of Pam Fisher/Fisher Berry Crop Consulting

by Courtney Llewellyn

The sweet treat of strawberries tends to be an alluring draw for many customers. As growers, it would be wonderful to be able to offer them more than one season per year. (more…)

Financial planning for future family farming, explained

2021-02-09T11:27:46-05:00February 9, 2021|Grower, Grower East, Grower Midwest, Grower West|

Paul Neiffer is a certified public accountant and business advisor specializing in agribusiness taxation, accounting services and succession planning. Photo courtesy of Paul Neiffer

by Enrico Villamaino

The average age of farm operators in America is on the rise. A full third of all farmers in the U.S. are at least 65 years old. (more…)