Grapes

Rain spurs rush by growers to harvest their wine grapes

Central Coast wine-grape growers are frantically scrambling to get fruit off the vines as rain hits the region this week. “The chardonnay is rapidly rotting,” said Fin du Fresne, winemaker for Chamisal Vineyards in Edna... more »

U.S. fruit exports trying to catch up to imports

It’s safe to say U.S. fruit exports have grown in the last two decades. But not as fast as imports. In 2010, the total value of U.S. fruit exports (including fresh, dried, frozen, canned, juice,... more »

Special events scheduled for Great Lakes EXPO

The 2011 Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable & Farm Market EXPO includes many special events. Here are some of them. Midwest Pickle Association, Pickle & Pepper Research Committee (members only) Tuesday, Dec. 6, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.... more »

Fruit growers have a lot to learn at the 2011 Great Lakes EXPO

This year’s Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable and Farm Market EXPO will offer a variety of educational sessions and special events. There should be something of interest for everyone attending. The 2011 EXPO is scheduled for... more »

Winegrape Harvest 2011: Crop size likely low, quality high

Tony Linegar smiles as he proudly points to the framed award that hangs on the wall to the right of his desk and explains that in his capacity as the county's Agricultural Commissioner he was... more »

Fruit spurred growth of organic farming movement

If the U.S. organic farming movement has a father, many would point to J.I. Rodale. In 1947, Rodale founded what became known as the Rodale Institute to “study the link between healthy soil, healthy food... more »

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 »

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