Canopy preparation helps robotic apple harvester

Depending on how robot-ready an orchard is, the percentage of apples picked by the robot can vary by as much as 20 percent.

Fostering wild bees for orchard pollination

While non-native honeybees are the most numerous pollinators of Michigan apples, they are just one of the 99 species that visit Michigan orchards.

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Canopy preparation helps robotic apple harvester

Visitors to the trade show floor at the annual meeting of the Washington State Tree Fruit Association in Kennewick saw multiple robotics companies. Ro... more »

USApple awards Bronx school with Apples4Ed Grant

 The U.S. Apple Association (USApple) has awarded a $5,000 grant to Bronx, New York, school P811X, The Academy for Career and Living Skills, as part ... more »

USApple: EWG’s ‘Dirty Dozen’ list is ‘inaccurate, harmful’

The U.S. Apple Association (USApple) is calling the Environmental Working Group’s “Dirty Dozen” list both “inaccurate” and “harmful” to ... more »

Apple holdings reportedly up 16 percent over 2017

It its April, 2018 edition of Market News, the U.S. Apple Association issued its first report on the 2017 apple crop. According to the survey repor... more »

Bookless libraries: Treasures within the USDA plant collections

Have you ever wondered how new looking and different tasting types of apples or tomatoes come to be? Improvements in taste, size, and color are often ... more »

Michigan fruit processor to close doors, auction off equipment

A Michigan cherry and apple processor is closing its doors and auctioning off its equipment. New Mill Capital, a national asset acquisition and dis... more »

Apple fungus spoils food despite pasteurization

[caption id="attachment_17030" align="alignright" width="248"] A Gala apple infected with newly described apple disease, Paecilomyces rot. Photo: Mega... more »

China’s tariff hikes hit fruit categories, including apples

According to media reports, China is placing new tariffs on 128 products bought from the U.S. as retaliation against taxes approved by President Trump... more »

Fostering wild bees for orchard pollination

Be nice to wild bees: They live near your farm and go to work without being asked. Native pollinators are a force for good in Michigan orchards, an... more »

Honeybee management in tree fruit orchards

Most people in agriculture understand the crucial role cultivated honeybees play in the production of specialty crops across the country, partic... more »

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