Fruits

Fancy Farms co-founder plans to step down

“Since 1974 and still learning” is the business philosophy of Carl Grooms, a longtime strawberry grower in central Florida. Grooms is president and co-founder of Fancy Farms, a Plant City growi... more

Astin Farms expands into blueberries

Sam Astin III started as a medium-sized Florida strawberry grower. By considerably expanding his acreage, he became one of the state’s leading strawberry grow... more

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IFTA Summer Tour displays how to achieve excellence

The International Fruit Tree Association held its 2017 Michigan Study Tour July 17-19. Based in the Grand Rapids area, the tour visited the Belding an... more »

Apples, blueberries drive organic rise in Washington state

It’s hard for much to make the news other than politics these days.  But the world keeps on turning, we keep on eating, and growers keep trying t... more »

Fancy Farms co-founder plans to step down

“Since 1974 and still learning” is the business philosophy of Carl Grooms, a longtime strawberry grower in central Florida. Grooms is president... more »

Hard cider apples in 12 states: Industry survey findings

A growing hard apple cider industry in the U.S. has the potential to contribute to local, sustainable food systems. In order to better understand th... more »

Crist joins Crunch Time apple growers’ board

A fifth-generation farmer, Joel Crist, 29, is the youngest apple grower to date to join Crunch Time’s board of directors. Crist comes to Crunch Time... more »

Study: Children, adults differ on sweetness of fruits

Most children want their food to taste sweet. So, do you want your child to eat a candy bar or fruit when they have a snack? A team of researchers fro... more »

Grapevine leafroll virus a threat to Michigan grapes

Grapevine leafroll virus is one of the most common viruses affecting grapes in the world, and Michigan is no different. Though lighter cases can have ... more »

Inspect your orchard for little cherry virus

Don’t mistake little cherry disease with small cherries. Winter damage, cold damage, inadequate tree nutrition and other factors can cause small che... more »

USApple joins in urging caution regarding steel import rules

U.S. Apple Association signed onto a letter that was sent this week to U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, cautioning against restrictions to stee... more »

Bagging peaches omits insects and diseases, increases yields

When Clemson University fruit specialist Juan Carlos Melgar suggested putting a paper bag over a peach to detract insects and diseases during producti... more »


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