Apple disease situation in this year of early onset of bloom

Releases of mature apple scab ascospores were detected from March 16 to 18 at the Penn State Fruit Research and Extension Center in Biglerville, PA (Figure 1). Dormant copper sprays are recommended before green tip... more »

Heat wave has apple growers feeling rotten

Record heat marching across the Midwest may bite the 2012 fruit crop.The mercury hit 70 again on Monday at Small's Fruit Farm in Mondamin. It had apple growers Jim and Renee Small feeling rotten."This is... more »

Brides toast outdoor weddings as fruit growers fret forecast

Above-normal U.S. temperatures that have depressed natural gas prices and threatened some crops are being celebrated by brides with outdoor ceremonies and cocktails in March.A streak that led to the fourth-warmest U.S. winter on record... more »

MSU looks at funding for ag research stations

Michigan State University will close its Muck Soils Research Farm in Laingsburg and is weighing the fate of at least one more of its 15 agricultural research stations statewide.Steve Pueppke, director of MSU AgBioResearch, said... more »

Michigan farmer Josh Wunsch honored by Michigan Processing Apple Growers

Third-generation farmer Josh Wunsch of Traverse City, Mich., has been awarded the Michigan Processing Apple Growers of the Michigan Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Association (MACMA) Distinguished Service Award for 2012.Wunsch was first named to the MACMA... more »

August apple report reinstated

USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) has reinstated its August estimate of the U.S. apple crop, according to the U.S. Apple Association.In February, USApple President Nancy Foster met with Catherine Woteki, USDA under secretary for... more »

MSU researcher named Fruit Man of the Year

Randy Beaudry was named Fruit Man of the Year in March, during a meeting of the Michigan Pomesters near Grand Rapids, Mich.Beaudry, a horticulture professor at Michigan State University, was given the award for his... more »

Donohue leaves Michigan Apple Committee

Denise Donohue has stepped down as executive director of the Michigan Apple Committee (MAC), the grower-funded, nonprofit organization devoted to promotion, education and research activities to encourage consumption of Michigan apples. Diane Smith is now... more »

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