China opens to U.S. pears

For the first time in history, U.S.-grown pears have officially gained access to the Chinese market, according to Pear Bureau Northwest.“We have been working on this for 20 years, and the official request from our... more »

Letters of support for Michigan Apple Referendum

Fruit Growers News has received several letters regarding the upcoming Michigan Apple Referendum. A few were printed in the February issue (page 39), but not all of them could fit. Here's all of them:As a... more »

2012 insect activity and its effects on 2013 fruit management programs

Our review of the entomological impacts of the 2012 weather continues with a pest of many tree fruit crops, the obliquebanded leafroller. Apple growers have dealt with this pest on a regular basis for many... more »

Stink bug population will bounce back in 2013

Last year was a light one for stink bugs in this region, unlike previous years. But the invasive insects from Asia are poised to come back with a vengeance in 2013.Farmer Bob Black saw significant... more »

Apple acreage down, trees up in New York

The total number of apple trees in New York state increased 22 percent from 2006 to 2011, from 9.46 million trees to 11.6 million trees, according to King Whetstone, director of the New York field... more »

Engelsma’s Apple Barn wins annual cider contest

Jim and Becky Engelsma of Engelsma's Apple Barn in Grand Rapids, Mich., have taken home another first place win in the 16th annual Michigan Apple Cider Contest. The cider makers have received first place in... more »

Michigan hort society hands out awards

The Michigan State Horticultural Society handed out two Distinguished Service Awards during the Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable & Farm Market EXPO in December. The awards went to Al and Joe Dietrich and Earl Peterson.Al, Joe... more »

Fruit stand works for Washington orchard

It’s 30˚ F in the Wenatchee Valley, the sun isn’t up yet and Dennis Nicholson is hard at work at Nicholson’s Orchard Fresh in Peshastin, Wash., finishing a block of pears. This is exactly the... more »

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