Fruits

USDA forecasts size of 2012 apple crop

USDA has released its forecast of the size of the 2012 U.S. apple crop: 192 million bushels. That’s down 14 percent from the 2011 crop of 224 million bushels.Washington state, the top producer, had a... more »

Michigan horticultural open house coming soon

The Northwest Michigan Horticultural Research Center (NWMHRC) Open House will be held Thursday, Aug. 23. Concurrent educational sessions for tree fruit and wine grapes will begin at 3 p.m.Featured speakers for the tree fruit educational... more »

Hail lowers Washington crop estimate

With Midwest and Eastern apple crops down this year, the saving grace for the industry was expected to be a bumper crop out of Washington state. That crop, however, was damaged by July hailstorms that... more »

Processing apple prices announced

The Michigan Processing Apple Growers Marketing Committee recently negotiated the following minimum processing apple prices (for apples 2.5 inches and up) with several processors for the 2012 crop:• Jonathan: $28/cwt.• JonaGold, Ida Red, Crispin: $27/cwt.•... more »

Growers make the best of a bad year

Hilda Biersdorfer uses an analogy to describe what the growing season of 2012 has been like for herself and her family – fifth-generation fruit growers with 121 acres in Guilford, Ind. First came devastating spring... more »

Editorial: Pushing the farm bill

The U.S. Senate passed its version of the 2012 Farm Bill in late June. The agriculture committee of the U.S. House of Representatives passed its own version a few weeks later. As of press time,... more »

Drought the latest worry for Midwest growers

With headlines dominated by early warmth and spring freezes, growers across parts of the Midwest have yet another concern: Precipitation – or the lack thereof. On July 5, the National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC) in... more »

Bob Gregory named Cherry Industry Person of the Year

The Cherry Marketing Institute (CMI) has named Bob Gregory as its 2012 Cherry Industry Person of the Year. “Bob Gregory has been a pioneer in the cherry industry,” said Phil Korson, CMI’s director. “He is... more »

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