Blackberry crops have expanded worldwide

Blackberries are native across much of Eurasia and North America. This presence, combined with their tendency to colonize disturbed areas, has made them a food source for humans for thousands of years. The various members... more »

Fowler Nurseries: A century in fruit growing

Fowler Nurseries has been growing fruit trees for 100 years. It started in 1912, when Gene Fowler grew 20,000 pear trees in Newcastle, Calif. He worked for a farm supply company at the time, but... more »

Michigan cherry producers approve continuation referendum

Michigan’s cherry producers have approved a referendum to continue the Michigan Cherry Promotion and Development Program. Established in May 1972, the Michigan Cherry Promotion and Development Program was created to improve the economic position of... more »

Pear growers vote to continue marketing order

California pear farmers voted in favor of continuing the state’s pear marketing order for another five years.In a recent grower referendum conducted by the California Department of Food and Agriculture, 95.24 percent of the voters... more »

Summer fruits coming early

A warm spring has provided just the right environment for an early summer, at least when it comes to fruit and vegetable harvests.Doug Patterson with Patterson Farms in Rowan County, North Carolina, says strawberry crops... more »

Michigan fruit crops likely damaged by frost

Two days of frost in parts of Michigan likely damaged fruit crops because of the early growing season prompted by unusually warm weather, an industry official said Tuesday.Damage of peaches and cherries is expected in... more »

Early spring warmth causing growers sleepless nights

For many of the Midwest and Eastern states, spring weather arrived early. Most areas are three to four weeks ahead of schedule in terms of plant growth and bloom, according to university Extension offices.Such conditions... more »

Fruit Crop Guesstimate rescheduled

The 57th Annual Fruit Crop Guesstimate, sponsored by the Michigan Frozen Food Packers Association (MFFPA), has been moved to 2:30 p.m. June 6 at the Amway Grand in Grand Rapids, Mich.The guesstimate provides a forum... more »

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