agriculture

6:27 am
Mon December 15, 2014

State Says Farm's Manure Spraying Did Not Cause Lake Erie Algae

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Department of Environmental Quality says practice is allowed under agricultural practices
A citizens environmental group is raising a stink over the large Hudson Dairy farm's manure spraying on vacant croplands, worried nutrients may make their way into nearby streams and western Lake Erie, where a nutrient-fed toxic algae bloom shut down Toledo-area water supplies in August.
6:38 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Wineries Expect Hit From Poor Grape Crop

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Harsh winter, cooler summer blamed for fewer grapes
LAWTON, MI -- The winter of 1994 killed most of Southwest Michigan's European wine grapes. For Ed Oxley, Michigan farmer and owner of Oxley Farms, it's been 20 years since he's had that kind of crop. Now in 2014, there are virtually no European grapes to harvest.
10:02 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Tomato Gardeners Warned About Fast-Spreading Disease

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Officials say infected plants must be immediately thrown out to avoid damaging healthy ones
A disease called "late blight" is killing tomato plants here in Michigan. It is the same disease responsible for the Irish potato famine. The disease is a fungus-like organism called phytophthora infestans. The disease has been reported in 10 Michigan counties, and is spreading fast according to Lina Rodriguez Salamanca, MSU extension educator.
6:19 am
Thu July 31, 2014

More Crops Planted in Midwest, Warming Climate Among Reasons

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Officials say trend is expected to continue
More crops were planted in the northern Midwest this year than last year, including Michigan, according to a federal report. The U.S. Department of Agriculture report says that Michigan farmers planted 300,000 more acres of principal crops this year than last year.
7:41 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Micro-Brewers Help Grow Michigan's Hop Farms

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160 micro breweries in state with more on way helps create demand for hops
EATON RAPIDS - It looks less like a flower and more like a small cone the size of a thumb. But stick a handful of them under your nose and the scent is undeniable. "They smell just like beer," said Paul Malewski as he held out a handful of dried hops from last year's harvest at Mid Michigan Hops Inc.

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