Midwest

How to assess the impact of a freeze on early fruit development

As the trees begin growth in the spring the buds begin to swell and lose the ability to withstand cold temperatures. As the buds develop, warmer and warmer temperatures (still below freezing) can damage them.... more »

Eric Hanson Receives NARBA 2021 Distinguished Service Award

Retired Michigan State University professor and Extension specialist Eric Hanson was recently presented the North American Raspberry and Blackberry Association's Distinguished Service Award. This award was presented during the North American Raspberry & Blackberry Association’s... more »

Michigan Craft Beverage Council shares 2020 Grape and Hop Inventory results

The results of the 2020 Michigan Grape and Hop Inventory are promising for Michigan’s craft beverage industry. There are 3,375 wine grape acres in Michigan maintained by 257 farms, and 670 hop acres maintained by... more »

Holland joins University of Wisconsin fruit team

Leslie Holland is the new University of Wisconsin (UW) Extension fruit pathologist. She joined the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Plant Pathology and the UW Fruit Team in August 2020. Leslie... more »

Researchers ponder presence of cranberry false blossom

Cranberry growers are seeing a reemergence of a disease that was a serious problem in the early 1900s but rarely observed after about 1940. Cranberry false blossom nearly decimated cranberry production in some U.S. cranberry... more »

Entomologist Larry Gut honored with MSU’s Beal Outstanding Faculty Award

The Michigan State University Office of the Provost announced March 25 Larry J. Gut has been awarded a 2020 Beal Outstanding Faculty Award. Recipients are chosen based on continued excellence throughout their appoint at MSU.... more »

New Minnesota apple triumphs over scab disease

The University of Minnesota’s apple breeding program has released its latest apple cultivar, MN80, to be marketed as Triumph. MN80 has been released to nurseries for propagation, and growers can place orders for trees to... more »

Michigan Farm Technical Assistance Survey underway

Michigan Food and Farming Systems (MIFFS) are surveying farmers in Michigan to better understand which business technical assistance resources farmers are using and their effectiveness. According to a news release, there are lots of resources out... more »

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