Surveys measure tree fruit, grape acreage in Washington state

According to the Washington Tree Fruit Acreage Report released last year, total apple acreage in Washington state fell from 172,986 acres in 2006 to 167,489 acres in 2011. That falloff might be a little bit... more »

Communication is the key for growers, winemakers

Lee Lutes likens the relationship between a grower and a winemaker to a marriage. “You can’t just walk in and say to your spouse: ‘I don’t like this. Change it,’” he said. “You have to... more »

New technologies changing farm marketing

When farm market guru John Stanley spoke at the 2011 Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable & Farm Market EXPO in Grand Rapids, Mich., Dec. 6, one of the many things he said was that smartphones, such... more »

Indiana Extension holding workshops

Fruit Tree, Grape, and Small Fruit Growers Workshop, Saturday, March 3. Purdue Meigs Farm. The Purdue Fruit Team: Bruce Bordelon, Peter Hirst, Rick Foster and Janna Beckerman will be on hand to demonstrate proper methods... more »

NARBA awards blackberry breeder

At its annual meeting in January, the North American Raspberry & Blackberry Association (NARBA) presented John R. Clark, University of Arkansas professor of horticulture, with its Distinguished Service Award.The award especially honors Clark’s work as... more »

Labor Department fines Jorge Castro Farms

Federal officials have ordered a California farm labor contractor to pay fines and back wages for what they say are violations of the rights of migrant strawberry pickers at a farm in Salinas.The U.S. Department... more »

Global warming seen as threat to Garden State’s cranberry farms

A sense of urgency pervaded the meeting rooms at the Rutgers' Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, where scientists, business executives, and former governors agreed that global warming poses pressing problems for... more »

Michigan apple growers seeking OK to use antibiotic to fight fire blight

According to a story in Jan.16 edition of Great Lakes Echo, Michigan officials are seeking permission to use an unregistered pesticide to fight fire blight on up to 10,000 acres of apples trees. The disease... more »

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