Arsenic, lead found in leading fruit-juice brands

Health officials with Public Health – Dayton and Montgomery County are encouraging parents to talk with their pediatricians in the wake of a Consumer Reports investigation released Wednesday that found arsenic and lead levels that... more »

Drought hurts yield, but helps quality of Texas grapes

West Texas grape grower Neal Newsome went from grappling with a killing freeze to watching his fruit suffer from the state’s worst single-year drought.“You can’t win for losing in a year like this. Nothing clicks,”... more »

MSU studying high-density tart cherries

The tart cherry orchard of the future may still be a few years away, but Michigan State University (MSU) researchers have moved a few steps closer to growing high-density tart cherries. In fruit-growing regions around... more »

Orchard makes organic apples work in Britain

The demand for organic apples is fairly high in the United Kingdom – higher, in fact, than native growers can supply. Only about a tenth of the organic apples consumed in the country were actually... more »

U of M researchers join effort to help cold-climate wine industry thrive

Wine grapes can be grown in cold climates; that’s been established since the University of Minnesota began releasing cold-hardy varieties in the 1970s. But how can the wine industry in the Upper Midwest and Northeast... more »

Oregon growers trying several tricks to salvage wine grape growing season

Threats of migratory birds, destructive mold and fall weather make it a tough time to be a wine grape in the Willamette Valley.Area growers are on pins and needles as they deal with another delayed... more »

California wine grape growers whacked by wet weather

Local wine grape growers were dealt a double whammy Monday when an unexpected rain doused harvest plans for the second time in days, lowering sugars in fruit and jamming area wineries. If rain continues this... more »

Rain spurs rush by growers to harvest their wine grapes

Central Coast wine-grape growers are frantically scrambling to get fruit off the vines as rain hits the region this week. “The chardonnay is rapidly rotting,” said Fin du Fresne, winemaker for Chamisal Vineyards in Edna... more »

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