Fruits

MSU develops apple fruit set prediction model

An updated apple fruit set prediction model is being developed by Michigan State University (MSU) researchers. The model was presented at the Michigan Pomesters’ Ridgefest field day in late July, with participants touring research trials... more »

Robotics Plus launches labor-saving autonomous vehicle

FRESNO, California – Robotics Plus, a New Zealand-based agritech company, launched its autonomous multi-use, modular vehicle platform for agriculture designed to carry out a variety of orchard and vineyard machine tasks to alleviate ongoing labor... more »

Initial Hurricane Ian damage estimates released

Hurricane Ian damaged more than 5 million acres of Florida agricultural land, including non-citrus fruit and tree nuts and winegrape vineyards in an estimated $1.56 billion in damages. University of Florida (UF) Institute of Food... more »

Paul Rood Jr., Michigan orchardist, dies

Paul Joseph Rood, Jr., of Paul Rood Orchards, 94, died in his home in Covert, Michigan, on Oct. 7. Rood owned Paul Rood Orchards, a centennial farm in the southwest part of Michigan that specializes... more »

Specialty crop growers join USDA in climate initiative

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is awarding up to $2.8 billion in a massive initiative with 70 projects – 15 of them involving fruit, vegetable and other specialty crops – to address climate change. The... more »

MSU Extension presents tree fruit field day Nov. 1

Michigan State University Extension representatives will discuss their latest research at the MSU Extension Tree Fruit Field Day. The event is from 1:30 to 5:15 p.m. Nov. 1 at the West Michigan Research Station, in... more »

Tree fruit big part of new CPS research projects

The Center for Produce Safety's (CPS) newest research projects are designed to provide the fresh produce industry answers to its most pressing food safety questions. Valued at $3.9 million, the 14 projects are designed to answer... more »

Netting on fruit trees curbs thinning needs

Results from six years of evaluation by tree fruit researchers have demonstrated that insect exclusion netting can be used to reduce or eliminate apple thinning. Preliminary findings of the work were presented July 28 as... more »

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