Peaches

RosBREED prioritizes disease resistance

The focus of RosBREED 2, a program to produce better-tasting fruit that resists storage problems and other challenges, is disease resistance. A $10-million, five-year grant from USDA is driving the... more

The orchard of the future: Higher tree densities, more automation

If asked what commercial fruit orchards might look like in the future – even up to a century from now – those who’ve studied orchards closely will give yo... more

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Large East Coast Customer Base Makes It All Work

When Pam and Gary Mount bought Terhune Orchards in 1975, they weren’t just looking to run a farm. They wanted to create a community gathering pl... more »

Farm Prospers for 10 Generations

The Melick family has been farming in the same small corner of New Jersey for nearly 300 years. “Everybody before me lived within six miles of h... more »

Shipping Cherries by the Millions

It was July 22, deep into the cherry harvest, and the cooling pad at Cherry Bay Orchards was abuzz with activity. Cooled water poured into tanks, each... more »

Cider Mill Brings Opportunities, Challenges

Jollay Orchards will open Grandpa’s Cider Mill just in time for its fall harvest festival. The festival begins Sept. 10, the weekend after Labor... more »

Nurseries: Growers Should Order Early

With the proliferation of good varieties and fruit rootstocks of all kinds, a key problem for growers is getting exactly what they want to plant. Nurs... more »

IFTA Conference Features Largest Eastern Fruit Packer

Touring orchards with Mark Rice is an experience to savor. It exposes you to his cryptic combination of broad production expertise and orchard knowled... more »

Washington’s Jim Koempel Named Apple Citizen of the Year

It’s a tradition in Washington state. Each year, the community of apple growers around Wenatchee selects the Apple Citizen of the Year. This yea... more »

More Plum Pox Virus Found

Discoveries of plum pox virus outside of Pennsylvania now total three, one confirmed in Michigan on Aug. 11 and two confirmed in New York's Niagara Co... more »

Plum Pox Virus Detected in Michigan

Aggressive efforts are under way to manage the plum pox virus (PPV), which the USDA found in samples collected from a routine survey at the Michigan S... more »

Some Areas See Crops Reduced by Weather

On the first day of summer, the Michigan Frozen Fruit Packers Association pulled together its members to evaluate the outlook for production of fruit ... more »


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