U.S. can profitably produce larger apple crops

What’s the ideal size of the U.S. apple crop? A simple question, with no simple answer. When Fruit Growers News quizzed members of the U.S. apple industry, their answers varied – if they chose to answer at all. Todd Fryhover, president of t... more

Court halts WOTUS in its tracks

According to Michigan Farm Bureau, the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a temporary stay Oct. 9 barring EPA and Army Corps of Engineers' "Waters of the U.S." (WOTUS) rule nationwide. The stay is temporary, but gives the regulated community ... more


BASF helps grape grower fight spider mites

Hot, dry weather has plagued the West Coast this summer; many aspects of agriculture have been affected. “Spider mites pressure is often worse during hot, dry weather, so the lack of rain has not helped,” said Kate Walker, technical service re... more

Internal breakdown reported in Olympic Asian pear fruit

Chris Walsh and Mike Newell, University of Maryland, report that there is an increased potential for internal browning and breakdown in Olympic Asian pear fruit. Growers are advised to harvest Olympic one to two weeks earlier this year to minimize co... more

Illinois specialty crops conference Jan. 6-8

The Illinois Specialty Crops, Agritourism and Organic Conference will be held Jan. 6-8 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Springfield. The conference, which features nearly 100 speakers and 60 trade show exhibitors, will again host four concurrent preconfe... more

Michigan Blueberry Pollination Workshops Nov. 4

Michigan State University Extension and the Xerces Society are hosting a pair of Blueberry Pollination Workshops on Wednesday, Nov. 4, at the Trevor Nichols Research Center. These workshops are designed to give growers a more complete understanding a... more

Pear marketing focuses on snacking

Harvest is nearing completion for the Northwest pear growers of Washington and Oregon. Over the next months, 10 pear varieties will be at their peak, putting a fresh crop of Northwest-grown pears within easy reach through next spring, according to Pe... more

Chinese importers touring Northwest apple industry

Nine Chinese importers are visiting Washington state and Oregon this week to learn more about their apple and pear industries, according to the Washington Apple Commission (WAC). WAC and Northwest Pear Bureau are jointly sponsoring the trade missi... more

U.S. concludes Pacific trade agreement

The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) announced on Oct. 4 that the ministers of 12 Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries – Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, Vietnam... more

USDA awards millions to support specialty crop production

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) awarded more than $113 million in program grants to support farmers growing specialty crops through research, agricultural Extension activities, and programs to increase demand and address the needs of Americ... more

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