Blueberries

McDonald’s TV commercials promote Michigan apples

Starring in TV commercials? Watched by millions? Mike Dietrich seems to be taking it in stride. “They did a nice job,” he said. “We were real pleased with it.” Mike, a fruit grower from Conklin,... more »

New fruit fly spreading across country

A new fruit fly is showing up across the United States, and it may cause problems for growers, especially in small fruit. Similar in size, but not appearance, to Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD), the African... more »

New Hampshire farmers’ market moving in the right direction

For the past 16 years, farmers in the small town of Keene, N.H., have been providing fruit and produce at The Farmers’ Market of Keene, as it puts on both a summer and winter market.... more »

Nominees sought for blueberry council

USDA is seeking nominations for the U.S. Highbush Blueberry Council.The council is composed of 16 members and 16 alternates. Selected nominees would replace three members (one handler and two importers) and their respective alternates whose... 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 »

New invasive fruit fly discovered in Pennsylvania

Zaprionus indianus Gupta, commonly known in Brazil as the African fig fly (AFF), is an invasive species that was recently found in Pennsylvania for the first time, according to Penn State University.First discovered by the... more »

SWD doing significant damage to berries

Spotted wing drosophila (SWD) hit Michigan hard in 2012. Worst off were fall red raspberry growers, who had to deal with wormy berries and customer complaints. Some decided to stop growing raspberries altogether, said Rufus... more »

New varieties diversify blueberry offerings

Anyone who grows backyard blueberries knows that some of the berries may turn pink before they finally ripen to a familiar dusty blue. When a Pink Lemonade blueberry is ripe and ready to eat, however,... more »


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