Northern growers find sideline crops in hardy specialty fruit selections

These alternative crops vary somewhat, but they do have a few elements in common:

They’re hardy. They’re different. They can be sold as superfruit.

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Growers tap fresh market for sweet cherries

Some growers are looking for a late-season market window.

“It’s hard to put a number on the potential market for dark, fresh, sweet cherries.”

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Blueberry gall wasp management guidelines for 2018

Blueberry stem gall wasp has become more common in some Michigan blueberry fields, and Michigan State University researchers have been working to find... more »

Colorado fruit growers talk trade, labor with Perdue

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Sonny Perdue met with members of the Colorado Fruit & Vegetable Growers Association (CFVGA) May 15... more »

US House fails Farm Bill

U.S. House of Representatives on Friday, May 18 voted down a proposed 2018 U.S. Farm Bill. The Republican leadership failed to gather votes from it... more »

IFTA Study Tour: New Zealand

New Zealand growers and industry representatives showcased the country’s tree fruit production amenities during the International Fruit Tree Associa... more »

14 appointed to USDA’s Plant Variety Protection Board

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue has appointed 14 members to serve two-year terms on the Plant Variety Protection Board. Two alternate members were ... more »

Tart cherry volume regulation proposed for 2017–18 crop

A proposed volume regulation for U.S. tart cherries produced during 2017-18 crop year would restrict the way the cherries can be marketed. The USDA... more »

A second year of loss for Georgia blueberry growers

Georgia blueberry growers’ overall losses of both highbush and rabbiteye varieties in the 2018 crop could exceed 60 percent, according to the Univer... more »

Michigan awards grants to juice maker and processor

During its regularly scheduled meeting in May, the Michigan Commission of Agriculture and Rural Development voted to approve Food and Agriculture Inve... more »

USApple awards $5K grant for mobile kitchen classroom

The U.S. Apple Association (USApple) presented the final award in its 2018 Apples4Ed grant program to Jackson, Missouri, school East Elementary. The s... more »

Packaging company Sonoco hooks up with Harvest Croo Robotics

Hartsville, South Carolina-based Sonoco, a global packaging company, has become a joint development partner and investor in the Plant City, Florida-b... more »

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