Thursday, July 06, 2006
By Gary W. Morrison
GRAND RAPIDS -- West
Michigan Environmental Action Council's weekly farmers market returns after a
council and Divine Grace Church are opening the market July 13 in a parking lot
across from the church at Franklin
Street SE and Fuller Avenue on the city's Southeast
market will be open Thursdays from 1 to 6 p.m. through Oct. 12, said Tom Cary,
director of sustainable and agriculture systems for the council. Each month,
plans are to have special events, such as a fried green tomato festival.
council had markets in 2003 and 2004 with funding from Michigan Department of
Community Health. This year's markets are with a Kent County Health Department
grant of $15,000, which helps pay Cary
as a market manager.
partnership with the church provides space for the market, with the church's
youth pastor assisting Cary.
from the church are expected to help at the market.
Geer, co-owner of Frozen Creek Farms, feels the location will give people
easier access to fresh produce and vegetables.
help both the people and small farmers," said Geer, who plans to sell
freeze-dried herbs, soups and vegetable dips along with fresh produce.
"It brings fresh food to the
people and helps farmers who have things to sell to survive."
One month in and the NEW downtown location of the Ypsi Farmer's Market
(Tuesdays, 3-7 pm) is going strong, and continuing to grow! We continue
to add vendors, and the rain has not kept people away! We hope that
you'll stop in-- even today! Growing Hope has organic kale &
collards, peas, broccoli, and more from Needlelane Farms in Tipton, as well as
hydronic tomatoes grown by FFA students at the votech in Lenawee County...
Steve Carpo's got APRICOTS, rasberries, and cherries(!!!)... there are great
breads and baked goods, greens, potatoes, honey, & more!
Today is also our first on-site Project Fresh training (about 100
attended the first series last Saturday at the Ypsi Depot Town Farmer's
Market!), so we'll lots of participating moms and little ones around for extra
fun! AND, the credit card and EBT (food stamp) transactions are going
well... So there are many ways to shop!
Join us today and every Tuesday in the Key Bank Center lot, in downtown Ypsilanti on the corner of Michigan Ave &
Hamilton. Flyers are attached-- please pass along, or print & post!
Amanda Maria Edmonds
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Second annual field day on Enhancing Beneficial Insects with Native Plants will
be held on August 1, 2006.
This 1-day event is targeted to:
- Extension educators,
- NRCS personnel,
- Conservation District personnel,
- Master Gardeners and native plant enthusiasts.
In addition to what we talked about at last year's field day, this year's field
day will include up-to-date information about the plants most attractive to
beneficial insects,new plants we are considering for attracting beneficials,
and a demonstration of native plant seeding.
Please feel free to distribute to any interested individuals and groups.
Field day information and registration forms are available at:
204 Center for Integrated Plant Systems
Michigan State University
E. Lansing MI 48824-1311
5. Inconsistent Weed Control With
Illinois farmers have recently been reporting inadequate weed control
"with an initial postemergence application of glyphosate in soybean,"
according to University
of Illinois (U of I)
Extension weed scientists Aaron Hager and Dawn Nordby.
"The species most commonly mentioned include waterhemp, horseweed
(marestail), giant ragweed, common ragweed and common lambsquarters," they
report. "We have observed a similar 'decreased performance' from
glyphosate-containing products for each of these species during past seasons
(lambsquarters in 2001 and 2005, horseweed in 2003, giant ragweed in 2004,
etc.), but it seems that inconsistent weed control with glyphosate may be as
widespread in 2006 as in any previous season."
Nordby and Hager list a number of possible factors that may be behind this
year's glyphosate difficulties, including dry/drought conditions, weed size,
insect feeding and spray application timing, rate and volume. "Past,
present, and near-future weather conditions can influence herbicide performance
by affecting how much herbicide enters the plant and, to some extent, how
extensively the herbicide translocates within the plant following
absorption," they report. "Dry soils coupled with hot, low-humidity
days tend to reduce the amount of herbicide absorbed by plants. In contrast,
weeds growing with adequate soil moisture typically absorb applied herbicides
faster and often more thoroughly."
For more information on potential reasons for problems with postemergence weed
control with glyphosate products, visit the following U of I Web link: www.ipm.uiuc.edu/bulletin/article.php?id=579.
Rust Movement Remains Minuscule
Thanks to drought conditions in the southeastern
soybean rust has stalled in its march northward, according to USDA. Soybean
rust has been confirmed in only a few sentinel plots in the southeastern U.S. and has traveled no further north than
"We are approaching the first flowering stage for soybeans in our sentinel
plots in Ohio, and it's very unlikely with
these low levels of inoculum that our growers are going to have to deal with
this," says Anne Dorrance, an Ohio
plant pathologist. According to the USDA's Pest Information Platform for
Extension and Education, located at sbrusa.net
-- soybean rust has been confirmed on kudzu patches in 23 counties: 12 in Florida, five in Alabama,
four in Georgia and one each
in Louisiana and Texas.
Despite the slow movement of the disease, plant pathologists and Ohio State
University Extension educators will monitor the 36 sentinel plots in Ohio throughout the
remainder of the growing season, says Dorrance. "There is an outside
chance of disease development on soybeans that have been planted late or had to
be replanted, so the monitoring must continue," she adds. "Overall,
even though the disease may not appear, we still have to go through the process
and collect the data, because the negative data is often more important than
the positive data."
Even if a sudden inoculum buildup were to occur, an epidemic in Ohio is being
discounted. "At just a 3% infection level in soybean fields across the
state, we would have to have 12 million spores hit every acre in the state all
at the same time," notes Dorrance. "With 5 million acres, that just
doesn't compute, and we'd know that soybean rust was present long before it
ever reached that level because it would be everywhere."
Soybean rust could enter Ohio through a
variety of routes: south through Kentucky,
from North Carolina over the Appalachian
Mountains, or up the Mississippi River and along the Ohio River through
southern Indiana and western Kentucky. For more information on soybean
rust, log onto agcrops.osu.edu.
For information on soybean rust recently found in Louisiana, visit the following Delta Farm
Press Web link: deltafarmpress.com/news/070806rust-finding/.
Source: Ohio State University News and Media Relations
7. Julberty’s Dairy has been bought out by Dean's -the
huge dairy conglomerate, of dubious fame.
Worst of all, besides losing a
distinctly Upper Peninsula business, is that
the buyout is rumored to involve Farm Credit, financing. In other words, our
tax dollars are financing the dissolution of a dairy company that actively
promoted RBGH-free milk products and local farms.
But, the news gets worse..a CAFO
(Confined Animal Facility Operation) that was planned for the Trenary area, and
met with such vehement and immediate local opposition it withdrew, is now
headed for Delta County and the same water guzzling,
animal abusing, drug laden milk production. Once again, USDA financing through
Farm Credit is assisting this move, and residents have not been made aware of
the plans and potential problems that will most assuredly accompany a milk CAFO
in the Upper Peninsula. Just what is it these
clowns don't understand about the importance of water -clean water- open spaces
and good forage and forests in our region?
The CAFO was run out of the Marquette and Trenary area
by alert, informed citizens who were literally willing to put their bodies on
the line to show immediate opposition and informed dissent to the dirtbags even
floating a proposal to jam in such a wasteful and polluting business. I am
sure Delta County has people who also value their rivers, streams, fields and
forests and do not see a 'factory farm' as a positive addition to the area.
Please pass this message along,
and I will keep trying to learn more about this, especially the governmental
financing of the proposed operation.
During this past year, Upper Peninsula small farms have shown once again that
local, naturally produced agricultural products are sought after and provide
local jobs, unique regional, healthy food. We know this, Michigan Farmers
Union knows this, and we need to keep letting our friends and neighbors know
Thanks, and yes, there will be
something we can do.
Yours on the up trail,
Organic Vegetable and Crop Outreach Specialist
C.S. Mott Sustainable Food Systems
303 Natural Resources Bldg.