Grapes

New pest has growers and exporters on edge

Cooperative Extension Agent Mike Bush hunches over the table, peering through a magnifier at seven tiny, black specks. Collected from a plastic trap holding a mixture of vinegar and soap, the specks are fruit flies.But... more »

Spotted Wing Drosophila catches are picking up

Widespread monitoring in commercial fruit farms across Michigan by Michigan State University research and Extension staff has so far detected spotted wing Drosophila (SWD) at only a small proportion of the hundreds of sites where... more »

Experimenting with high-density blocks

In March, an International Fruit Tree Association tour visited C&M Orchards near Prosser, Wash., where owners Craig and Mike O’Brien showed their visitors a 52-acre block of high-density apples they planted in 2000. The apples... more »

Farm thieves target grapes, and even bees

Sgt. Walt Reed said he could tell right away that the grapes were stolen. They looked like an ordinary bunch. Except, he said, for the way they were dressed. The New York TimesTo read more,... more »

New tool to fight BMSB

On June 24, EPA approved, for emergency use, the insecticide dinotefuran (trade names Venom and Scorpion) on tree fruit to help manage populations of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB), an invasive insect that has... more »

Don’t let downy mildew get you down

Downy mildew has gotten a relatively early start this year in southwest Michigan with first sightings from mid- to late June, depending on location and cultivar. So far, the most affected cultivar has been Chancellor... more »

Nation’s fruit crops running late

Fruit harvests across the country will be later than usual this year thanks to cold, wet weather. Despite the delays, however, some forecasters are predicting larger-than-normal volumes for some crops in 2011.Those were two of... more »

Farm a model of diversified fruit production

Brenton Roy’s family has been farming in Washington state’s Yakima Valley for four generations. At 37, Roy is continuing the tradition as the owner of Oasis Farms in Prosser, Wash. When Roy’s family first started... more »


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