Cherries

Spotted wing drosophila update for NW Michigan cherry growers

As cherry harvest is underway in northwest Michigan, growers are balancing management decisions with pre-harvest intervals (PHIs) and the rainy forecast for the weekend and early next week. This season has been mostly dry and... more »

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 »

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 tart cherry forecast up 48 percent

U.S. 2018 tart cherry production is forecast at 353 million pounds, up 48 percent from the 2017 production. Michigan tart cherry production in 2018 is forecast to be 264... more »

California cherry growers succeed with optical sorting line

The cherry season has recently begun in California. The harvest keeps growers and packers of this precious fruit on their toes as they strive to finalize the hard work of a whole year in just... more »

John Deere has low-profile, narrow 5075GL high-value crop tractor 

John Deere has introduced the 5075GL Specialty Tractor for orchard and vineyard growers who want a powerful, low and narrow tractor to maintain and harvest their crops. With 75 engine horsepower, there’s plenty of power... more »

$177.4 million in commodity purchases planned by USDA

Up to $177.4 million in purchases for nutrition assistance programs using a new streamlined process was introduced May 24 by U.S. Department of Agriculture Under Secretary for Marketing and Regulatory Programs Greg Ibach. The American-grown products... more »

Cool springs set well with fruit tree growers

Stable springs without hard frosts are sitting well for fruit tree growers around the country. In Washington state, growers are set up for a good growing season. “A great spring where it isn’t too hot... more »


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