Rootstock availability key to pears

Recently, several new semi-dwarfing rootstocks have become available to growers in the United States, which could be used in higher-density growing systems, similar to what has been done in apples. Traditionally, pear orchards in the... more »

Cane management in raspberries, blackberries

Pruning affects plant growth rate, fruit quantity and size, sugars, disease susceptibility, ease of harvest, and spraying efficiency. Brambles respond significantly to pruning and cane management, but these practices can be the most expensive and... more »

Organic tree fruit growers get together

Not only is it possible to grow organic tree fruit commercially in the humid Midwest, there’s actually a big demand for it. More organic growers are needed, though, and those that exist could always use... more »

Chinese fresh apples a step closer to U.S. market

Chinese fresh apples are a step closer to the U.S. market, but it might be years before they’re allowed within our borders – if they’re allowed at all.In November, USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection... more »

Firm develops apples that won’t turn brown when sliced

A British Columbia biotechnology company is entering the final stages of an application to the United States to market genetically modified apples that do not turn brown when sliced. The Vancouver SunTo read more, click... more »

Removing unmanaged apple and pear trees

Acreage of pear orchards in Lake County has declined steadily from an historical high of over 8,000 acres in 1977 to just over 2,200 acres today. This indicates how difficult it is to make a... more »

Apple holdings down from last year

According to the U.S. Apple Association, fresh apple holdings Nov. 1 totaled 103.8 million bushels, a 7 percent decrease from last year and 2 percent less than the five-year average.Processing apple holdings totaled 38.2 million... more »

SWD found in Michigan; team planning a response

The Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD), a pest of Asian origin that is already established in many of the main fruit-producing regions of the United States, has been found in Michigan, according to Michigan State University.... more »

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