Apple scab fungus more resistant to pesticides

Apple growers in the eastern U.S. have a despised enemy known as apple scab — a disease caused by a fungus that forms ugly brown or greenish-black pockmarks on the fruit's skin. A scabby apple... more »

U.C. Davis study refutes EWG’s “Dirty Dozen”list

A recent study by the Department of Food Science and Technology at the University of California (UC) Davis challenges conclusions published by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), creators of the “Dirty Dozen” list of fruits... more »

Spotted Wing Drosophila catches are picking up

Widespread monitoring in commercial fruit farms across Michigan by Michigan State University research and Extension staff has so far detected spotted wing Drosophila (SWD) at only a small proportion of the hundreds of sites where... more »

Stink bug population continues to multiply

The brown marmorated stink bugs that took a $37 million bite out of the mid-Atlantic's apple crop last year have awakened from winter hibernation, mated and morphed into a possibly larger threat to farmers and... more »

Washington could see third-largest apple crop

Put a larger-than-normal asterisk after the number of boxes of apples growers are expected to harvest for fresh sale this fall. Yakima HeraldTo read more, click here. more »

Monitoring peach and nectarine ripening

Ripeness guidelines are presented here to help Michigan growers, packers, shippers and marketers deliver high quality peaches and nectarines. The key factors are fruit firmness, fruit size, shape and skin color. Generally, the ripening sequence... more »

Predicted Michigan 2011 apple harvest dates

This season started out slow and late with considerable cold temperatures and above normal rainfall. more »

Program set for Michigan Cider Maker’s summer meeting

Michigan’s cider industry has significant growth potential. How you package cider is key to extending the marketing season, where you sell and how it’s consumed. Could value-added packaging help Michigan cider makers get a piece... more »

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