Washington stone fruit growers will vote a second time

If everything goes according to plan, Washington state’s cherry and other stone fruit growers will find ballots in their mailboxes in December, said Jim McFerson, manager of the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission.The growers will... more »

Study reveals identity of the apple acidity gene

Cherries are simply classified into sweet and tart, based on their taste. Although apples are not usually categorized in the same way, apple fruit tartness, or acidity, has a wide range in both fruit pH... more »

Fall foliar nitrogen applications should be applied now in cherries

There have been many challenges in maintaining cherry tree health this season, even without a fruit crop. Sweet cherry orchards have endured severe bacterial canker infections and many tart cherry orchards had outbreaks of cherry... more »

Produce sales continue to increase in second quarter 2012

Fresh produce dollar and volume sales saw larger increases in the second quarter of 2012 than the first, according to the latest edition of Fresh Facts on Retail, the quarterly retail research report of the... more »

Growers get one more year of Guthion

Federal regulators will allow fruit growers to use the insecticide Guthion for an additional year.EPA said Thursday the extension is due to higher-than-normal stocks of the organophosphate chemical in grower hands because of crop losses... more »

Michigan horticultural open house coming soon

The Northwest Michigan Horticultural Research Center (NWMHRC) Open House will be held Thursday, Aug. 23. Concurrent educational sessions for tree fruit and wine grapes will begin at 3 p.m.Featured speakers for the tree fruit educational... more »

Processing apple prices announced

The Michigan Processing Apple Growers Marketing Committee recently negotiated the following minimum processing apple prices (for apples 2.5 inches and up) with several processors for the 2012 crop:• Jonathan: $28/cwt.• JonaGold, Ida Red, Crispin: $27/cwt.•... more »

Growers make the best of a bad year

Hilda Biersdorfer uses an analogy to describe what the growing season of 2012 has been like for herself and her family – fifth-generation fruit growers with 121 acres in Guilford, Ind. First came devastating spring... more »

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