Apple acreage down, trees up in New York

The total number of apple trees in New York state increased 22 percent from 2006 to 2011, from 9.46 million trees to 11.6 million trees, according to King Whetstone, director of the New York field... more »

Engelsma’s Apple Barn wins annual cider contest

Jim and Becky Engelsma of Engelsma's Apple Barn in Grand Rapids, Mich., have taken home another first place win in the 16th annual Michigan Apple Cider Contest. The cider makers have received first place in... more »

Michigan hort society hands out awards

The Michigan State Horticultural Society handed out two Distinguished Service Awards during the Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable & Farm Market EXPO in December. The awards went to Al and Joe Dietrich and Earl Peterson.Al, Joe... more »

Fruit stand works for Washington orchard

It’s 30˚ F in the Wenatchee Valley, the sun isn’t up yet and Dennis Nicholson is hard at work at Nicholson’s Orchard Fresh in Peshastin, Wash., finishing a block of pears. This is exactly the... more »

Dormant pruning regulates North Carolina winegrapes

Adapted from the North Carolina Winegrape Grower’s Guide, a publication of North Carolina State University. Dormant pruning is the primary means of regulating the crop. If other factors do not limit productivity, vines pruned correctly... more »

Deer baiting impacts Michigan farmers

The practice of baiting white-tailed deer with apples, corn, sugar beets or carrots continues to raise controversy in the Midwest. The state of Wisconsin recently banned deer baiting in four northwestern counties after discovering a... more »

New invasive fruit fly discovered in Pennsylvania

Zaprionus indianus Gupta, commonly known in Brazil as the African fig fly (AFF), is an invasive species that was recently found in Pennsylvania for the first time, according to Penn State University.First discovered by the... more »

Unprecedented weather hits Ontario fruit farmers hard

Chris Hall's family has been growing apples in Brockville, Ontario, since 1947. Hall learned as a boy that the orchards usually produce myriad pink and white blossoms in late May. This year, unseasonably warm temperatures... more »

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