Michigan’s 2017 fruit crop down from 2016

Fruit production in Michigan for 2017 was down from 2016 for all major fruits, according to Marlo Johnson, Director of the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Regional Office. Michigan apple production was 840 million pounds, down... more »

Export Blues: North American growers face challenges in European market

North American blueberry growers will have to try new techniques and meet the highest quality standards if they hope to expand to Europe. Internationally, Europe is an expanding market... more »

Spotted wing drosophila catches rise sharply in southwest Michigan

Last week we reported that 2018 has been slow to start compared with last season in terms of spotted wing drosophila (SWD) caught in traps. This week, our network of MSU monitoring traps have detected a... more »

US blueberry growing regions see mixed results

America’s top blueberry-producing regions are experiencing very different results in 2018, according to Extension agents and grower associations. Georgia, in particular, has reported difficulty due to a late spring freeze that’s expected to drop its... more »

Driscoll’s reports a digital marketing success

Driscoll’s reports its six-part video series has drawn a large audience resulting in 65 million impressions and more than 1.5 million views. The promotion is set to break Driscoll’s record engagement rate, according to spokeswoman... more »

Blueberry firms join to grow in northern, eastern Europe

Two family-owned blueberry companies, and long-time friends and industry allies, Fall Creek Farm & Nursery, Inc. and Driesvenplant B.V. announce that Fall Creek has purchased the Driesvenplant nursery company in The Netherlands and that Driesvenplant’s... more »

New York state economy boosted by berry industry

Berries are an important part of the New York State agricultural economy, and the state economy as a whole. Currently, berries – primarily strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries – are grown in all but a... more »

Wet spring brings more shoot, twig blight to Michigan blueberries

Twig blights in blueberries Weather conditions have been wet in Michigan and blighted twigs have been found in blueberries (Photo 1). Tip dieback and blighted blossom clusters are the first symptoms growers and scouts find... more »

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