Cherries

Migrant housing plan sparks a lawsuit

Plans to improve housing for migrant workers in Benzie County have erupted into charges of racism. A fruit grower wants to reuse a motel that sits vacant in the Village of Elberta.Since the beginning of... more »

Michigan cherry producers approve continuation referendum

Michigan’s cherry producers have approved a referendum to continue the Michigan Cherry Promotion and Development Program. Established in May 1972, the Michigan Cherry Promotion and Development Program was created to improve the economic position of... more »

Michigan fruit crops likely damaged by frost

Two days of frost in parts of Michigan likely damaged fruit crops because of the early growing season prompted by unusually warm weather, an industry official said Tuesday.Damage of peaches and cherries is expected in... more »

Fruit Crop Guesstimate rescheduled

The 57th Annual Fruit Crop Guesstimate, sponsored by the Michigan Frozen Food Packers Association (MFFPA), has been moved to 2:30 p.m. June 6 at the Amway Grand in Grand Rapids, Mich.The guesstimate provides a forum... more »

Growers to receive orchard survey

Tree fruit growers in Washington, Michigan and New York will be receiving a survey from Haley Consulting Services asking growers about their horticultural practices and orchard characteristics. Responding to the survey is critical, as growers’... 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 »

Fruit Growers News founder Barry Brand dies

Baert "Barry" DeVos Brand of Sparta, Mich., founder of Fruit Growers News and Vegetable Growers News, died March 14.
Brand’s interest in journalism came early, starting with a visit to his father at work at the... more »

Massive winter storm hurts tart cherry growers

Area cherry farmers reported widespread damage to orchards. Older tart cherry trees took the brunt.Overall damage estimates range from a low of 5 percent to a high of 20 percent of the cherry crop in... more »


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