Fruits

Select strawberry varieties show charcoal rot resistance

Charcoal rot is a universal problem for strawberry breeding programs, according to disease resistance trials at the California Polytechnic State University Strawberry Center. Also known as the fungus Macrophomina phaseolina, charcoal rot is a growing... more »

Michigan Craft Beverage Council grant proposals due Feb. 26

The Michigan Craft Beverage Council (MCBC) announces a request for proposals (RFP) for projects to commence May 1, 2019. The MCBC's anticipated budget for 2019 awards is $350,000. Individual proposals are limited to a maximum... more »

NA Raspberry & Blackberry Association honors Gina Fernandez

At its annual meeting jan. 10 at the 2019 North American Raspberry & Blackberry Conference, held in Savannah, Georgia, the North American Raspberry Association (NARBA) gave its 2019 Distinguished Service Award to Gina Fernandez, Small... more »

New partnerships support Michigan wine industry

Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center at Michigan State University (MSU), The School of Hospitality Business at MSU, Michigan Wine Collaborative (MWC), and Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) have formed a new partnership.... more »

Crush report in California faces shutdown delays

The ongoing federal government shutdown, which began Dec. 22, may soon affect a key program of great importance to winegrape growers. Thursday, Jan. 10 is the deadline for wineries to submit grape purchase data from... more »

EPA approves ReLoad fungicide (phosphate) for grapes

The U.S. EPA has approved a new unique phosphate fungicide – Belchim Crop Protection USA’s ReLoad – and it is now available for state registration. ReLoad is a 53.6 percent mono- and di-basic sodium, potassium and... more »

Michigan specialty crop grant proposals due Feb. 27

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) Jan. 10 announced a request for proposals through the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Services. The... more »

Counting app released for Munckhof’s Pluk-O-Trak

Munckhof Fruit Tech Innovators have debuted automatic counting function for its Pluk-O-Trak advanced harvesting system. The new product automatically counts the quantity of harvested fruit per picker and per row. The new app will help... more »


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