Grapes

Markets connect winemakers, buyers

Farmers’ markets are becoming the latest marketing outlet for the winemakers who are able to offer tastings and sales to prospective customers. In early June, Michigan was preparing to join at least eight other states... more »

Central Valley raisin growers win at Supreme Court

Fresno raisin growers Marvin and Laura Horne, owners of Raisin Valley Farms, and others had been ordered to surrender part of some three million pounds of raisin grapes they grew and had refused to put... more »

Vineyards verified as responsible stewards

Voluntary efforts by a group of Michigan wineries and vineyards to minimize agricultural pollution were recognized recently by Gov. Rick Snyder and agencies involved in administering the program. Representatives from the Michigan Department of Agriculture... more »

Michigan frost damage doesn’t appear to be severe

Early indications are that Michigan’s apple crop escaped widespread damage from overnight frost May 13, particularly in the Fruit Ridge area north of Grand Rapids.Amy Irish-Brown, a Michigan State University (MSU) Extension educator, said that... more »

Spotted wing drosophila here to stay

The spotted wing drosophila (SWD) is now established throughout the United States. A native of Asia, the invasive pest of berries, stone fruit, grapes and other fruit crops made its first North American appearance in... more »

Talkin’ Shop: What’s your take on organic farming?

Editor's note: This is a complete list of the responses to the Talkin' Shop question on page 55 of the May 2013 issue of FGN. Organic chemicals, if not handled or applied correctly, can cause... more »

Labor shortages force growers to get creative

Back in the 1990s, cherry growers in the Hood River area of Oregon could see a labor shortage looming. “Here in the Pacific Northwest, of course, we use mostly Mexican laborers, and there have been,... more »

Jim Robinette named Fruit Man of the Year

Jim Robinette was named Fruit Man of the Year by the Michigan Pomesters March 8, during the group’s spring meeting.Jim’s son, Ed Robinette, presented the award. Ed is the current president of Robinette’s Apple Haus... more »

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