Update on a Frosty Spring for Fruit Crops in the Midwest

Click here for the latest article from the Wisconsin State farmer discussing this year’s early Spring and cool temperatures. A Michigan State University extension article covers growing degree day accumulations for this Spring and its impacts on grape production. If you’d like all of the gory details of how frost injures plant tissue, then check out Janna Beckerman’s article at Purdue University.

The National Agricultural Statistics Service offers weekly email updates for a variety of crop data including crop-weather data, for more information go here and for Wisconsin click here.

Still want more information, check out this earlier post.

–Liz Bosak

Wisconsin may open a hunting season for the sandhill crane, the cranberry’s namesake

Recently, a debate has erupted among Wisconsin’s citizens about the opening of a sandhill crane hunting season. The cranberry, or as it was once known “the crane berry”, owes its name to the sandhill crane because of the cranberry blossom’s resemblance to it, according to the Wisconsin Cranberry Growers Association.

Cranberry growers continue to practice conservation efforts on their marshes to preserve the sandhill crane population. However, many field crop farmers strongly object when the cranes devour their corn. Eileen Cullen of UW-Madison’s Entomology Department and Cooperative Extension discusses this issue in an interview. The International Crane Foundation, based in Baraboo, WI, is opposed to a sandhill crane hunting season in Wisconsin. Their website has links to the latest developments in the debate.

For more information, several news outlets have published articles, including The New York Times and The Green Bay Press Gazette. Channel 3 (Madison, WI) has a video of their news story that includes the cranes and interviews with people on both sides of the issue.

–Liz Bosak

Are you interested in learning about pollinators and the services that they provide?

This week’s Entomology seminar, on Friday April 20, will be given by Dr. Eric Lonsdorf, of the Chicago Botanic Garden, and is entitled “Modeling Pollination Services Across Agricultural Services.” For more information, click here.

Also, next week, the Entomology Department will be hosting another pollinator seminar by Dr. Sai Suryanarayanan of UW-Madison’s Department of Community and Environmental Sociology, entitled “Finding Sustainable Solutions to Honey Bee and Pollinator Health.”

–Liz Bosak

The Steffan and Zalapa labs are hosting a science exploration station at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery

This Saturday, the Steffan and Zalapa labs will be hosting an exploration station, “The Science of Wisconsin’s Cranberry Marshes” at Saturday Science: Science Expeditions at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery on the UW-Madison campus. The event will be held on Saturday, April 14 from 10 AM until 2 PM. For more information, click here.

Wisconsin Fruit Crops and Frost Injury this Spring

Recently, Shawn posted an article on the Entomology Department’s website about frost injury to cranberries in Wisconsin, follow this link.

For more information about spring frost injury in Wisconsin fruit crops, go to the University of Wisconsin Extension Fruit Crops website.

Specifically, see Rebecca Harbut’s article on “Understanding Frost in Fruit Crops”. She and Patty McManus have another article on “Impacts of High Spring Temperatures on Fruit Crop Management”.

–Liz Bosak