Michigan growers seek emergency aid

You know the story by now.Record heat in March followed by freezes in April virtually wiped out Michigan’s apples, among other fruit crops. On Monday, dozens of apple growers gathered at Joe Klein’s farm in... more »

Oceana County cherries and apples fared worse than asparagus

The good news is that the asparagus in Oceana County took less of a hit than expected.The bad news is that cherry and apple growers in Oceana County weren’t as lucky.And peaches? Forget about it.... more »

Ontario fruit crop losses to top $100M

A catastrophic freeze has wiped out about 80 per cent of Ontario's apple crop and has the province's fruit industry looking at losses already estimated at more than $100 million."This is the worst disaster fruit... more »

Making traceability work is target of industry, FDA initiatives

It can be a long journey from farm to table. And a lot of things can happen along the way. With the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) calling for an effective protocol to track and... more »

Dodd to take reins at Premier Apple Cooperative

Bill Dodd can’t help being heavily involved in the apple industry. It suits his personality, as well as his philosophy about what it takes for the industry to thrive.“There’s a lot to be said for... more »

Record cold wipes out Ada orchards’ apple, peach crops

Alvin Blok had hoped this year would mimic years past and be one of the best in his family orchard's 47 years, but a weekend cold snap appears to have nixed those dreams.Blok said record... more »

Fate of fruit farmer’s crop is in the air

If you spent the chilly nights this weekend snuggled in bed, you wouldn't have noticed a difference between 20- and 30-degree temperatures outside.But on an apple orchard, it's the difference between a healthy crop or... more »

Fruit losses climb: More West Michigan growers hit by record April cold

Farmers in West Michigan’s lucrative Fruit Ridge region are reporting heavy damage to apple, peach and sweet cherry crops after record late April cold.The Fruit Ridge area boasts roughly 65 percent of Michigan's total yearly... more »

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