Apples

Robots on the farm

Commercial farms of the future may be staffed by robots that will identify, spray and pick individual pieces of produce from plants, even when their targets are grapes, peppers and apples that are as green... more »

Washington apple crop projected to be largest ever

The Washington apple industry is on a pace that will make the 2010 crop its largest ever. Based on projections of the number of packed boxes each remaining bin of fruit will yield, total shipments... more »

Public comment accepted for organic control of fire blight

Two tools over the past 30-plus years for the control of fire blight in apples and pears, oxytetracycline (tetracycline) and streptomycin, are on the verge of being eliminated from use by organic growers of these... more »

Community supported agriculture gains steam

Those apples you buy at your local organic farm may not have the smooth, glossy look of those displayed in supermarkets – but they also aren’t bombarded with pesticides to “debug” them. To Josh Morgenthau,... more »

Michigan governor appoints apple committee members

Governor Rick Snyder announced appointments to the Michigan Apple Committee.“Agriculture is one of the bright spots of Michigan’s economy,” Snyder said. “I look forward to working with the leaders of the agriculture industry to ensure... more »

J1 Visas offer alternative labor source

Finding quality labor is an issue most growers must deal with. Many fruit and vegetable growers are aware of the H-2A visa program that allows U.S. employers to bring foreign nationals to the country to... more »

Wise named Fruit Man of the Year

The Michigan Pomesters recently named Michigan State University pest management researcher John Wise Fruit Man of the Year.“He is a very detail orientated person, but can still keep the overall ‘big picture’ in sight,” said... more »

Frost fans help west Michigan fruit growers protect crops

When apples popped out of trees at record levels in 2009, local farmers reaped not only high yields, but more hard-to-establish markets to sell the fruit. The Grand Rapids PressTo read more, click here. more »


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