3. Vegetable Production and Pest Management
visit this link if you would like to see an excellent photo of the
aphids to confirm your identification. 
Aphids on pumpkin fruits
In the last couple of weeks I've received a few questions about aphids
on pumpkins ... on the fruits. Similarly, last year I observed heavy
infestations in a couple of fields at this time. Where aphids are
numerous on leaves or fruit of cucurbits and the infestation includes
winged adults and wingless forms as well, the culprit is almost always
cotton-melon aphid, Aphis gossypii. As vines dry down and the only
succulent plant parts in the field are the fruits, thousands of aphids
can be found on a single pumpkin. Controlling aphids to prevent colony
buildups that result in live insects on fruit at harvest (and a cosmetic
or contaminant issue for shipping and sales) can be necessary at this

Cotton-melon aphid, Aphis gossypii (Univ. of Tennessee)
Under the "Aphids and Leafhoppers" heading of the 2008 Midwest Vegetable
Production Guide, there are lots of insecticides listed, but several
carry the note "leafhoppers only," and others are labeled for one or two
but not all of the vine crops covered in that chapter. For pumpkins ... 
*	Organic growers may use M-Pede or other insecticidal soaps ...
they are fairly effective against aphids that are contacted directly by
Rick Weinzierl (217-244-2126; [log in to unmask]) 

4. Applications for 2009 State Pesticide Notification and Organic Farm
Registries Being Accepted LANSING - 
MDA-NewsRelease MDA-NewsRelease 8/28/2008 10:59 AM >>>
For Immediate Release                                          
Contact: Jennifer Holton, 517-241-2485August 28, 2008or
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The Michigan Department of Agriculture (MDA) is currently accepting
applications for the 2009 Pesticide Notification Registry and Certified
Organic Farm Registry.  These registries are published by the department
each year to help protect consumers from pesticide drift and identify
the location of organic certified farm locations.
The "Pesticide Notification Registry" allows a person with a
physician-diagnosed condition to be notified prior to a pesticide
application on turf or ornamental plants on property adjacent to the
applicant.  To be added to the Pesticide Notification Registry, an
applicant must submit a Pesticide Notification Registry Application,
Physician's Certification Form that indicates condition or illness and
additional distance requirements for notification, and forms listing
adjacent and other properties within the distance of notification. 
Applications and supporting documents must be received no later than
February 1, 2009.  

Renewal notices for the 73 Michigan residents that appeared on the 2008
notification registry will be mailed this fall.
Michigan's "Certified Organic Farm Registry" compiles a list of state
organic farms and is provided to all commercial firms licensed in
agricultural, right-of-way, or aerial pesticide application.  The
registry information is provided to these firms so they can identify
organic farms and take the additional precautions necessary to prevent
pesticide drift onto these sensitive sites.  MDA maintains a registry of
individuals requesting notification prior to an ornamental or turf
pesticide application adjacent to their primary residence.  The registry
is published annually on March 15 and the deadline for submitting an
application for the 2009 registry is February 1, 2009.
An application package for the Organic Farm Registry is available on the
MDA Web site at  The forms can also be obtained
from MDA's Pesticide and Plant Pest Management Division, P.O.
Box 30017, Lansing, Michigan 48909 or by calling 517-241-1169.  There
are no fees associated with either registry.   

Events In order of occurrence

5. Cover Crop Plot Tour: Can Cover Crops Reduce Your Fertilizer Bill?
September 16 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. on the Smalley Farm. Plots are
located just west of the intersection of Dennis and Williamston Roads,
Williamston, MI. Come see 19 combinations of cover crops that were
drilled into wheat stubble; learn about potential fertilizer savings,
seed cost, availability, competitiveness against weeds, and farmer
opinion. Dale Mutch, MSU Cover Crop Specialist will also be present. 
Cost: $5.00

6. Twilight Tour of MSU Corn Variety Trials: September 15
from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. at Jorgensen Farm Elevator. 
This event is co-sponsored by Jorgensen Farm Elevator, Corn
Marketing Program of Michigan, and Greenstone FCS. 
Dinner is free and will be prepared
by the Wooden Nickel. Door prizes: at least 27 bags of seed corn from
12+ companies.
From Ingham/Livingston County MSU Extension
Program Reminders for All Producers
Meet a Master No-till Cover Cropper and Visit the Ohio Farm Science
Immediately following the Cover Crop Plot Tour, some may choose to
continue on to visit
the farm of David Brandt, a long-time no-till farmer in Ohio who has
recently begun to use
cover crops to improve soil fertility and reduce fertilizer costs. After
visiting with David, we will spend the night in Columbus, attend the
Farm Science Review on September 17, and return that evening. This trip
will cost each attendee a maximum of $50.00 for transportation
(lodging and food on your own). 

For this program, a RSVP is required. For more information
about these programs, please contact Dan at 676-7207 or
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7. Hoophouse Workshop
Thursday, September 25, 2008 from 4 to 9 p.m.

Dr. John Biernbaum, Michigan State University Professor of Horticulture
BJ's Restaurant990 N. Center Street, Gaylord, MI 49735
Topics to be Covered:
Design options for a range of costs and sizes 
Construction methods including cold frames and small scale build your
Crop selection and scheduling 
Soil preparation and fertility management 
Planting, growing and harvesting methods 
Space is limited to 20 attendees. An RSVP is needed to attend. Please
contact the Michigan Food & Farming Systems (MIFFS) office to register
at (517) 432-0712. There is no fee for the workshop, and dinner is
included. ** *** 
BJ's Restaurant, Gaylord, MI 
Program funded by the USDA Farm Services Agency 
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all its program and activities on the basis of race, color, national
origin, age, disability, and where applicable, sex, marital status,
familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic
information, political beliefs, reprisal, or because all or part of an
individual's income is derived from any public assistance program. (Not
all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities
who require alternative means for communication of program information (
Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA's TARGET
Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD). To file a complaint of
Discrimination, write to USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400
Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20250-9410, or call (800)
795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720-6382 (TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity
provider and employer. 

Nov 13, 2008 Lansing Center  Making It In Michigan conference is your
opportunity to learn, find, talk, and be inspired This conference is
filled with great businesses creating and producing some of the most
unique food products and agricultural enterprises in America.  This one
of a kind conference is your opportunity to meet with Product Center
clients, MSU's expertise, regulatory departments, industry
professionals, suppliers, co-packers, and talk to the MSU Product Center
Staff, Michigan's leader in entrepreneurship for food, agricultural,
natural resources, and the bioeconomy.  Check out the conference at

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