Fruits

Public comment accepted for organic control of fire blight

Two tools over the past 30-plus years for the control of fire blight in apples and pears, oxytetracycline (tetracycline) and streptomycin, are on the verge of being eliminated from use by organic growers of these... more »

Community supported agriculture gains steam

Those apples you buy at your local organic farm may not have the smooth, glossy look of those displayed in supermarkets – but they also aren’t bombarded with pesticides to “debug” them. To Josh Morgenthau,... more »

Novel sweet cherry system getting attention

A group of tree fruit growers recently got a look at a high-efficiency growing system for sweet cherries called the UFO – short for Upright Fruiting Offshoots. It was March 1 at Hanrahan Orchards near... more »

J1 Visas offer alternative labor source

Finding quality labor is an issue most growers must deal with. Many fruit and vegetable growers are aware of the H-2A visa program that allows U.S. employers to bring foreign nationals to the country to... more »

RosBREED bringing fruit breeders together

It’s an exciting time to be a fruit breeder. That much was evident March 8, when breeders of rosaceous crops – including apples, peaches, cherries and strawberries – got together in Lansing, Mich., to share... more »

Maryland family celebrates 50 years for farm market

Nestled in the rolling hills of the Catoctin Mountains in Thurmont, Md. is the Black family farm, Catoctin Mountain Orchards. The Blacks grow fruits and vegetables, have a farm market and bakery, build a pumpkin... more »

More states growing their own wine grapes

While California remains the leader in grape and wine production in the United States, other regions of the country are quickly catching on. Both new and old growers are getting into the grape and wine... more »

Michigan governor appoints apple committee members

Governor Rick Snyder announced appointments to the Michigan Apple Committee.“Agriculture is one of the bright spots of Michigan’s economy,” Snyder said. “I look forward to working with the leaders of the agriculture industry to ensure... more »


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