The stakes are high for apple growers. A single worm burrowing into an apple makes it unmarketable for fresh sales and can even hurt processing sales.
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Roughly four out of every five strawberries are grown in the United States come from California, which is the only state to have a year-round growing season. But growers also face difficult regulations and business conditions, including mandated increases to the state minimum wage.
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North American blueberry growers will have to try new techniques and meet the highest quality standards if they hope to expand to Europe.
Internationally, Europe is an expanding market for blueberries, and North American supplies are growing, but there are hurdles to moving product into those markets.
America’s top blueberry-producing regions are experiencing very different results in 2018, according to Extension agents and grower associations.
“The goal was to check these out and just allow the disease to run rampant at our site in East Lansing – which is far away from most commercial orchards.”
Cornell fruit expert named to FGN’s 40 Under 40