European brown rot could hit cherries again

There was a major outbreak of European brown rot in Michigan’s tart cherry crop in spring 2013. Hopefully, there won’t be an outbreak this year, but much depends on the weather, said George Sundin, a... more »

Sweet cherry production down 22 percent

United States sweet cherry production in 2013 is estimated at 331,520 tons, down 22 percent from 2012, according to a report released March 17 by USDA.The cherry crop in the Northwest region experienced cold, blustery... more »

What has this harsh winter done to Michigan’s fruit crop?

The harsh winter has not only been tough on us, it will also have an impact on Michigan's fruit crop.A fruit tree, grape vine, or small fruit bush is hardy down to a certain temperature.... more »

Michigan tree fruit growers approve research program

Michigan’s tree fruit producers have approved a referendum to establish the Michigan Tree Fruit Research & Development Program, according to Jamie Clover Adams, director of the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD). Clover... more »

USApple launching new logo identity

The U.S. Apple Association (USApple) will officially launch its new brand identity during its bi-annual board meeting March 22 in Washington, D.C.The new identity – which USApple’s Education Committee recently selected and the Executive Committee... more »

IFTA hands out awards at annual conference

British Columbia orchardist David Geen was named Outstanding Grower of the Year by the International Fruit Tree Association at its annual conference Feb. 24 in Kelowna, British Columbia.Geen owns Coral Beach Farms, near Kelowna, B.C.,... more »

Inflatable dancers scare off birds

If there’s one thing that can get under the skin of any farmer, it’s a flock of birds swooping down to damage crops. According to the latest statistics, bird damage is responsible for hundreds of... more »

Farm bill promising for fruit, vegetables

An analysis by specialty crop advocates indicates the 2014 Farm Bill contains programs that constitute a 55 percent increase in the government’s investment in the produce industry’s competitiveness and the nutritional well-being of Americans through... more »

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