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 »

MSU looks at funding for ag research stations

Michigan State University will close its Muck Soils Research Farm in Laingsburg and is weighing the fate of at least one more of its 15 agricultural research stations statewide.Steve Pueppke, director of MSU AgBioResearch, said... more »

North American Tart Cherry Industry meets in Grand Rapids, Mich.

The North American Tart Cherry Industry Conference is in full swing at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids, Mich. today.About 175 were scheduled to attend. Organizers guessed that approximately 30 canceled because their... more »

Tart cherry growers to vote on marketing order amendments

USDA will conduct a referendum on proposed amendments to a federal marketing order regulating the handling of tart cherries grown in Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Utah, Washington state and Wisconsin.The referendum, scheduled for March... more »

Cherry growers continue marketing order

Washington state sweet cherry growers have voted to continue their federal marketing order, according to USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS).During a November referendum, 92 percent of eligible growers who voted, representing 82 percent of the... more »

2012 Orchard and Vineyard Show coming to Acme, Mich.

The 2012 Orchard and Vineyard Show, January 24 to 25, will be held at the Grand Traverse Resort in Acme, Michigan. The concurrent wine grape session will be held on January 24, and tree fruit... more »

USDA seeks comments on revisions to tart cherry marketing order

USDA is accepting comments on a proposed rule to amend the federal marketing order regulating tart cherries grown in Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wisconsin. The recommended decision was published in the... more »

MSU studying high-density tart cherries

The tart cherry orchard of the future may still be a few years away, but Michigan State University (MSU) researchers have moved a few steps closer to growing high-density tart cherries. In fruit-growing regions around... more »

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