UK farm needs a few good sweet cherries

A couple of years ago, G.H. Dean & Co. decided to invest “quite significantly” in sweet cherries. As part of the plan, the family farm in Sittingbourne, England, will plant up to 120 acres of... more »

Washington apple, pear growers vote to fund research

Apple and pear growers who pay assessments to the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission recently voted to pass a special assessment that will raise $27 million over the next eight years. The goal of the... more »

Tart cherry crop smaller than estimated

The Cherry Industry Administrative Board (CIAB), the national marketing order for red tart cherries, convened in Grand Rapids, Mich., Sept. 15 to calculate and recommend the final “free” and “restricted” percentages for the current crop... more »

Austrailia now open to American cherry producers

USDA that after 10 years of negotiations, U.S. cherries can now be exported to Western Australia, making cherries the first U.S. fresh fruit to gain access to that market. The market opening positions Australia as... more »

Washington state sweet cherry growers to vote on marketing order

USDA announced that Washington state sweet cherry growers will vote Nov. 5 through Nov. 18, on whether to continue their federal marketing order.A continuance referendum must be held once every six years. Growers who produced... more »

Post-harvest sprays for cherry leaf spot

Cherry leaf spot is the most important fungal disease of tart cherry in Michigan. The leaf spot fungus Blumeriella jaapii infects leaves with symptoms first appearing on upper leaf surfaces as small, purple spots. As... more »

New tool to fight BMSB

On June 24, EPA approved, for emergency use, the insecticide dinotefuran (trade names Venom and Scorpion) on tree fruit to help manage populations of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB), an invasive insect that has... more »

Don’t let downy mildew get you down

Downy mildew has gotten a relatively early start this year in southwest Michigan with first sightings from mid- to late June, depending on location and cultivar. So far, the most affected cultivar has been Chancellor... more »

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