Fruits

USDA confirms growth in Michigan’s wine grape industry

Michigan’s wine grape acreage doubled over the past decade, according to a report recently released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service.While acreage of Concord and Niagara grape varieties -- used... more »

Washington state selling record high amount of apples

Washington apple shippers and packers say this year's fresh apple crop will reach record highs despite early worries about hail damage and not enough pickers.The apple crop is expected to hit 121.5 million boxes, according... more »

Michigan hort society selects blueberry grower as 2013 president

Steve Hunt will be the next president of the Michigan State Horticultural Society (MSHS). When he starts next year, Hunt, a blueberry grower from South Haven, Mich., said he intends to support the goals the... more »

SWD doing significant damage to berries

Spotted wing drosophila (SWD) hit Michigan hard in 2012. Worst off were fall red raspberry growers, who had to deal with wormy berries and customer complaints. Some decided to stop growing raspberries altogether, said Rufus... more »

Sweet corn, peaches pair well for Ohio grower

There aren’t many young fruit and vegetable growers out there, and it worries Gordon Hahn. Hahn, 55, grows fruit, vegetable and grain crops in Huron, Ohio. His seed salesman tells him he’s one of the... more »

Private/public partnerships help Quebec thrive

Unlike their counterparts in the United States, apple growers in Quebec, Canada, don’t have access to a university- or Extension-based research system. The province’s apple industry has found other ways to meet its research needs,... more »

Michigan grape season varies across state

Northwest Michigan wine grape growers are expecting a pretty good season, said Duke Elsner, a small fruit educator with Michigan State University (MSU) Extension. Wine grape buds naturally break dormancy quite a bit later than... more »

New varieties diversify blueberry offerings

Anyone who grows backyard blueberries knows that some of the berries may turn pink before they finally ripen to a familiar dusty blue. When a Pink Lemonade blueberry is ripe and ready to eat, however,... more »


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