Fruits

So what do fruit growers do in a slow year?

East of the Mississippi, tree fruit farmers agree: This year’s a tough one. Whether or not you believe in global warming or climate change or Russian roulette, the fact is a super-warm March plus a... more »

Perpendicular V works for Ohio peach orchard

Ohio is a tough place to grow fruit, but a great place to sell it. So said Rich Eshleman, owner of Eshleman Fruit Farm in Clyde, Ohio. The “tough” part comes from Ohio’s large population.... more »

Growers use education as ag tourism opportunity

Education plays a vital role in the day-to-day operations of the Wetherby Cranberry Co. in Warrens, Wis. The family-owned cranberry marsh, in business for more than 100 years, is operated by Jim and Nodji VanWychen,... more »

Farm markets scrambling to replace fruit

When the big freeze hit in late April, some farm marketers knew right away this would be a year unlike any they’ve experienced. For others, it took a while for reality to sink in, said... more »

Solar panels power California grape grower

By its nature, agriculture is solar friendly; after all, without the sun, nothing grows. Growers in some parts of the country, however – particularly California – are using solar power in concrete and technologically sophisticated... more »

Fruit loss might lead to market shift

An unusually warm March followed by a round of spring freezes decimated much of the apple and cherry crops in the Midwest and East. Western crops managed to avoid damage, however, and were poised to... more »

NOP announces new organic rules

USDA’s National Organic Program (NOP) published a final rule Aug. 2 that addresses the use of three substances in organic agriculture, with specific limitations that would support production and processing of organic products.Effective Aug. 3,... more »

Labor shortage hits strawberry farmers

California farmers are experiencing a significant shortage of harvest labor.According to the California Farm Bureau Federation, berry farmers have been hit the worst. Some strawberry farmers say this year, they had to let some crops... more »

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