Fate of fruit farmer’s crop is in the air

If you spent the chilly nights this weekend snuggled in bed, you wouldn't have noticed a difference between 20- and 30-degree temperatures outside.But on an apple orchard, it's the difference between a healthy crop or... more »

Fruit losses climb: More West Michigan growers hit by record April cold

Farmers in West Michigan’s lucrative Fruit Ridge region are reporting heavy damage to apple, peach and sweet cherry crops after record late April cold.The Fruit Ridge area boasts roughly 65 percent of Michigan's total yearly... more »

Frozen fruit? Up-and-down weather throws off Upstate N.Y.’s fruit trees

Eric Shatt does not even bother checking weather forecasts anymore.As farm manager of Cornell Orchards in Ithaca, he is all too familiar with the damage already done to the majority of the peach and plum... more »

Cherry growers amend marketing order

USDA will amend the federal marketing order regulating tart cherries grown in Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wisconsin.During a recent referendum, eligible growers and processors favored amendments recommended by the Cherry Industry... more »

Frost wipes out juice grapes in SW Mich.

A devastating frost has wiped out grapes grown for juice in southwestern Michigan.John Jasper, a surveyor for Welch's Foods, tells TV station ABC 57 he went through hundreds of acres before even finding a live... more »

Fruit growers play role in Michigan’s economic recovery

If things go as planned, by the fall of 2013, 47 acres of farmland at Seven Mile Road and Alpine Avenue will be home to a new, state-of-the-art apple packing facility and distribution center.Bruce Heeren,... more »

Ice can save your blueberries during a freeze

When the mercury drops below freezing, blueberry growers may want to try turning on the sprinklers, said Mark Longstroth, a small fruit Extension educator with Michigan State University (MSU).Like other plants, blueberries responded to the... more »

California cherries get new marketing order

The California Cherry Marketing and Research Program has replaced the California Cherry Advisory Board (CCAB) as the marketing order for the state’s sweet cherry industry.The transfer of responsibilities took place in early April, after a... more »

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