2013 apple crop boosted by recovery in Midwest, New York

The U.S. Apple Association (USApple) has announced its estimate of the size of the 2013 U.S. apple crop: 243 million bushels.The estimate was given during the association’s annual Apple Crop Outlook and Marketing Conference, held... more »

2013 U.S. apple crop expected to be larger than last year

The U.S. Apple Association has announced its estimate of the size of the 2013 U.S. apple crop: 243 million bushels.The 2013 estimate represents a 13 percent increase over 2012’s final crop of 215 million bushels,... more »

Michigan growers consider forming tree fruit commission

To pay for research activities, Michigan’s apple, cherry, peach, nectarine and plum industries are pondering the creation of a state tree fruit commission.Supporters of the new commission say it’s become abundantly clear that the funding... more »

Cornell reveals names for NY1 and NY2

Cornell University has announced two new apple varieties developed in partnership with the New York Apple Growers (NYAG). They are SnapDragon and RubyFrost, and they have undergone a year of rigorous consumer testing as NY1... more »

New York state apple crop showing rebound

New York state apple growers are anticipating a strong crop, according to a report issued in a July 25 conference call. Growers forecast the 2013 New York apple crop would meet the state’s five-year average... more »

Michigan apple grower Merlin Kraft dies

Merlin George Kraft of Sparta, Mich., died Tuesday, July 16. Kraft, 88, was a lifelong apple grower and well known on the Ridge.He was preceded in death by his wife, Ireta Kraft. He is survived... more »

Nancy Foster announces resignation from USApple

Nancy Foster recently announced her resignation as president and CEO of the U.S. Apple Association. Her last day will be Aug. 31.“I am excited to pursue other opportunities and confident I leave the association in... more »

Markets connect winemakers, buyers

Farmers’ markets are becoming the latest marketing outlet for the winemakers who are able to offer tastings and sales to prospective customers. In early June, Michigan was preparing to join at least eight other states... more »

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