Fruits

Robinette’s Turns 100 – Switching to retail helps farm market last a century

Jim Robinette’s passion for his family history is obvious – and why shouldn’t he be proud? Five generations of his family have been running the same fruit farm (now called Robinette’s Apple Haus & Winery)... more »

California ag department unleashes wasps to fight apple moth

A stingerless wasp no bigger than a grain of rice is the California Department of Food and Agriculture's latest pest management tool in the ongoing effort to control infestations of the light-brown apple moth, an... more »

Cranberry growers vote to continue marketing order

USDA announced that cranberry producers in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, Oregon, Washington and Long Island, N.Y., voted to continue their federal marketing order program.During the referendum, 512 eligible producers cast... 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 »

Peach picks for South Carolina – #4 Snow Queen – Everything About Peaches

We are here at my variety test block at James Cooley's Farm in Chesnee, SC. Last week we featured Rubyprince which is a yellow-fleshed cultivar that's got excellent taste. It's a traditional southern-type peach. This... more »

CIAB sets ‘free,’ ‘restricted’ percentages

The Cherry Industry Administrative Board (CIAB) met June 23 and set the preliminary “free” and “restricted” percentages for this year’s red tart cherry crop. The “free” percentage was set at 41 percent, while the “restricted”... more »

Sweet Cherry Variety Showcase

The Sweet Cherry Variety Showcase, sponsored by International Plant Management and Summit Tree Sales in cooperation with Michigan State University Cooperative Extension, will be held July 13 at the Mamrelund Community Center, 4085 Lutheran Church... 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 »


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