Crop Protection

Crop load, better nutrient management curb bitter pit

Multiple years of studies in Pennsylvania grower orchards are providing additional clues for managing Honeycrisp in the orchard to prevent bitter pit following storage. Research led by Penn State U... more

Cranberry school covers fruit rot, other threats

If Wisconsin cranberry growers had a higher incidence of fruit rot in 2016 than usual, should they intensify their fungicide spray program this coming season? N... more

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New Crunch Pak Plant Adds Apple-Slicing Options

Crunch Pak’s new 7,000 square-foot slicing facility in Cashmere, Wash., is giving the company more options for its prepackaged sliced apples. To... more »

Lured by Good Market, Mexican Growers Battle Harsh Conditions

Mexico shows its least attractive face to Americans entering from above its northern border. Not only do we carry in our memories the televised images... more »

Fresh-cut Remains Fastest-Growing Trend in Produce Industry

With $12 billion in annual sales, pre-cut, pre-washed and packaged fruits and vegetables remain the fastest growing segment in the produce sector, and... more »

Research Station Will Likely Lose Its Peach and Plum Fruit Trees

While no official quarantine had been announced, one was expected soon. And when it comes, Michigan State University’s (MSU) Southwest Michigan ... more »

Fruit Industry Has Fresh Reason for Hope

Trade show season always is exciting because you get the entire industry together to talk about the past growing season and the possibilities of the f... more »

Cloned Food Products? We Just Call Them Apples

As the new year began, FDA proclaimed that products such as meat and milk from cloned animals are safe for human consumption. A person with a science-... more »

High-density Orchards, Dwarfing Rootstocks Gaining Popularity

High-density apple orchards on dwarfing rootstocks have become common in many apple growing regions of the world. This has allowed apple growers to ac... more »

Primocane Raspberries Fit Just Fine on Maryland Farm

If managing raspberries were easy, would they still sell for $4.50 a pint? Nathan Milburn hopes so. In 2001, Milburn Orchards ventured into raspberrie... more »

Grape Grower Optimistic About 2005

What Michigan Niagara and Concord juice grape growers need is a really good year. For many of them, it’s been four bad years running. For grower... more »

Brown Rot Shrivels Prune Production in California

Brown rot is one of the most economically and ecologically important diseases affecting California's $100 million prune industry, say plant pathologis... more »


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