Mexico reopens markets to peaches from Southern U.S.

An agreement signed earlier this year by the U.S. and Mexican governments has allowed sweet, juicy Southern peaches to be sold in grocery stores south of the border for the first time in 17 years.Farmers... 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 »

Monitoring peach and nectarine ripening

Ripeness guidelines are presented here to help Michigan growers, packers, shippers and marketers deliver high quality peaches and nectarines. The key factors are fruit firmness, fruit size, shape and skin color. Generally, the ripening sequence... more »

Predicted Michigan 2011 apple harvest dates

This season started out slow and late with considerable cold temperatures and above normal rainfall. 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 »

Comparison of fruit sampling methods for SWD in blueberries

Spotted wing Drosophila is a new, invasive insect pest of fruit crops that was first detected in Michigan in September 2010. At the time of this article (July 2011), there have been no detections of... more »

Program set for Michigan Cider Maker’s summer meeting

Michigan’s cider industry has significant growth potential. How you package cider is key to extending the marketing season, where you sell and how it’s consumed. Could value-added packaging help Michigan cider makers get a piece... more »

Pear farmer David Elliot Jr. passes

David J. Elliot Jr., a Courtland farmer and patriarch of a family business that has raised Bartlett pears in the Sacramento River Delta for six generations, died Sunday of complications related to pneumonia and kidney... more »

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