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…)

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…)

High hopes for high tunnel production

2021-02-09T11:31:11-05:00February 9, 2021|Grower Midwest|

High tunnel tomato production at Untiedt’s Vegetable Farm in Minnesota. Photo courtesy of Untiedt’s Vegetable Farm

by Gail March Yerke

Joining the trend of large conferences and events moving to online formats, the Minnesota Fruit and Vegetable Convention presented its educational programs and trade show through a virtual platform for their 2021 conference. (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…)

Farm Bureau covers Washington updates

2021-02-09T11:22:44-05:00February 9, 2021|Grower, Grower East, Grower Midwest, Grower West|

Patricia Wolff, AFBF senior director of congressional relations, led the discussion on tax policy during the coming term. Photo courtesy of AFBF

by Enrico Villamaino

The Biden Administration’s likely agricultural policies and priorities were recently discussed at the American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) 2021 annual conference. (more…)