Apples

Netting on fruit trees curbs thinning needs

Results from six years of evaluation by tree fruit researchers have demonstrated that insect exclusion netting can be used to reduce or eliminate apple thinning. Preliminary findings of the work were presented July 28 as... more »

CiderCon 2023 returns to Chicago with full slate of activities

Registration is open for the American Cider Association’s CiderCon 2023 in Chicago. The event, Jan. 31-Feb. 3, includes tours, tastings, educational workshops and demos. Registration is online; early rates last through Oct. 22. After a... more »

USDA to seek bids for fresh apple purchases

The U.S. Department of Agriculture plans to purchase fresh apples for distribution to various food nutrition assistance programs. Typically, that includes school meal programs, the in-school Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, commodity supplemental food programs... more »

Dozens of Congressional leaders ask for action on spotted lanternfly

More than 40 members of Congress are calling on the U.S. Department of Agriculture to take “immediate steps” to eradicate the spread of spotted lanternfly (SLF) – which was recently discovered for the first time in... more »

Climate change could spread brown marmorated stink bugs

A foul-smelling, voracious, wide-spread pest could become even more ubiquitous with climate change. A recent modelling study found that changing weather could increase suitable habitat for the brown marmorated stink bug in the United States... more »

Mulling spices spur sales at cider mills, farm markets

With apple harvests started, cider mills have a crisp new way to increase sales of their iconic fall drink. The addition of traditional mulling spices in private label packaging, sold as hot drinks, or given... more »

Continue to manage fruit rot, even after harvest

Apple harvest is well underway in Pennsylvania and Maryland, and with attention shifting to getting fruit off the tree, folks might think the sprayers can be put away. The first part of September has turned... more »

CMI promotes new leaders, prepares for growth in apple category

CMI Orchards, Wenatchee, Washington, has promoted several positions, with leadership transitions to prepare for a period of tremendous growth. CMI President Bob Mast said the company continues to “evolve, grow and become ever more complex.... more »

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