Fruits

EPA approves Fontelis

EPA has granted registration approval for DuPont Crop Protection’s Fontelis fungicide. Fruit, vegetable, peanut and other specialty crop growers now have a tool to help them produce higher yields with enhanced quality, despite soilborne and... more »

Apple disease situation in this year of early onset of bloom

Releases of mature apple scab ascospores were detected from March 16 to 18 at the Penn State Fruit Research and Extension Center in Biglerville, PA (Figure 1). Dormant copper sprays are recommended before green tip... more »

Heat wave has apple growers feeling rotten

Record heat marching across the Midwest may bite the 2012 fruit crop.The mercury hit 70 again on Monday at Small's Fruit Farm in Mondamin. It had apple growers Jim and Renee Small feeling rotten."This is... more »

Brides toast outdoor weddings as fruit growers fret forecast

Above-normal U.S. temperatures that have depressed natural gas prices and threatened some crops are being celebrated by brides with outdoor ceremonies and cocktails in March.A streak that led to the fourth-warmest U.S. winter on record... more »

South Carolina ag workers exempt from employer immigration checks

A loophole in the S.C. immigration law exempts farmworkers and private maids and nannies from a mandatory immigration status check.The law, which went into effect Jan. 1, requires all private employers in South Carolina to... more »

Unseasonably warm weather puts fruit growers on alert

The growing season is off to a very early start across the Great Lakes and much of the central and eastern U.S., according to Jeff Andresen and Aaron Pollyea in the Michigan State University Extension... more »

Fruit Growers News founder Barry Brand dies

Baert "Barry" DeVos Brand of Sparta, Mich., founder of Fruit Growers News and Vegetable Growers News, died March 14.
Brand’s interest in journalism came early, starting with a visit to his father at work at the... more »

Treat peach leaf curl now

The warm weather forecast for this week and next, with highs forecast in the 70s and lows near 50, means that fruit trees will begin growth and grow rapidly. We may be several weeks ahead... more »


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