2012 Fruit Crop Guesstimate: Some fare well, others don’t

Record-breaking warm temperatures in March, followed by a series of freezes, savaged Michigan’s tree fruit crops this spring, along with crops in other Eastern states. Western states, however, fared better.Speakers went over the numbers June... more »

Fruit shortage hurts everyone

Northern Michigan fruit growers in recent years pitched in a portion of their oft-thin profit margin to promote local products on a national stage.Those efforts helped build an identity for regional fruit, but a different... more »

MAC gets new members

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder recently announced the appointments of Robert Gregory, Leland, and Mark Youngquist, Kent City, to the Michigan Apple Committee (MAC).Established in 1965, the committee’s seven members develop and implement marketing programs and... more »

Oceana County cherries and apples fared worse than asparagus

The good news is that the asparagus in Oceana County took less of a hit than expected.The bad news is that cherry and apple growers in Oceana County weren’t as lucky.And peaches? Forget about it.... more »

April freezes harmed Wisconsin tart cherry crop

Tart cherry bloom in Door County is earlier than normal this year. Growers expect their orchards to be in full bloom from this weekend through the middle of May. But unlike other years, this season's... more »

Michigan crop freeze forces Cherry Republic to order from Poland

Don’t be surprised to see the Polish flag hanging in Michigan’s four Cherry Republic stores this year.The Michigan-based retailer — which has stores in Glen Arbor, Traverse City, Charlevoix and Ann Arbor — is one... more »

Fruit losses climb: More West Michigan growers hit by record April cold

Farmers in West Michigan’s lucrative Fruit Ridge region are reporting heavy damage to apple, peach and sweet cherry crops after record late April cold.The Fruit Ridge area boasts roughly 65 percent of Michigan's total yearly... more »

Cherry growers amend marketing order

USDA will amend the federal marketing order regulating tart cherries grown in Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wisconsin.During a recent referendum, eligible growers and processors favored amendments recommended by the Cherry Industry... more »

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