Arkansas peach trees bloom early; late freeze still possible

Record warm temperatures have peach trees blooming in western Arkansas, leaving growers worried that a late freeze could hurt their crop.After a similarly mild winter in 2007, a freeze in early April wiped out the... more »

North American Tart Cherry Industry meets in Grand Rapids, Mich.

The North American Tart Cherry Industry Conference is in full swing at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in Grand Rapids, Mich. today.About 175 were scheduled to attend. Organizers guessed that approximately 30 canceled because their... more »

Tart cherry growers to vote on marketing order amendments

USDA will conduct a referendum on proposed amendments to a federal marketing order regulating the handling of tart cherries grown in Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Utah, Washington state and Wisconsin.The referendum, scheduled for March... more »

Family means business

DeGrandchamp Farms has been in business since 1958. That’s when Vincent and Beatrice DeGrandchamp bought a small, 12-acre blueberry farm near South Haven, Mich. The farm expanded and is still managed by the same family.... more »

Tiny wasp could be stink bug’s downfall

Starker Wright shared a horror story with New York state growers in January. A scientist with USDA’s Agricultural Research Service, Wright was a speaker at The 2012 Empire State Fruit & Vegetable Expo in Syracuse,... more »

Michigan growers have access to new herbicides

Michigan blueberry growers have access to several new herbicides, though there is limited experience and information on their efficacy. Chateau (flumioxazin) and Callisto (mesotrione) have been labeled for two seasons; Stinger (clopyralid) for one season;... more »

Narba awards Clark

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... more »

Grower finds nectarine growing on peach tree

In the spring of 2010, Kenneth Crews, owner of Crews Family Orchard in Gretna, Va., was thinning peaches when he noticed something strange. “I sat down on the tailgate of my truck to take a... more »

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