Grapes

Michigan frost damage doesn’t appear to be severe

Early indications are that Michigan’s apple crop escaped widespread damage from overnight frost May 13, particularly in the Fruit Ridge area north of Grand Rapids.Amy Irish-Brown, a Michigan State University (MSU) Extension educator, said that... more »

Spotted wing drosophila here to stay

The spotted wing drosophila (SWD) is now established throughout the United States. A native of Asia, the invasive pest of berries, stone fruit, grapes and other fruit crops made its first North American appearance in... more »

Talkin’ Shop: What’s your take on organic farming?

Editor's note: This is a complete list of the responses to the Talkin' Shop question on page 55 of the May 2013 issue of FGN. Organic chemicals, if not handled or applied correctly, can cause... more »

Labor shortages force growers to get creative

Back in the 1990s, cherry growers in the Hood River area of Oregon could see a labor shortage looming. “Here in the Pacific Northwest, of course, we use mostly Mexican laborers, and there have been,... more »

Jim Robinette named Fruit Man of the Year

Jim Robinette was named Fruit Man of the Year by the Michigan Pomesters March 8, during the group’s spring meeting.Jim’s son, Ed Robinette, presented the award. Ed is the current president of Robinette’s Apple Haus... more »

Growers experiment with dried-on-the-vine raisins

When dried-on-the-vine (DOV) grapes were first introduced to California growers several years ago, it seemed like a win/win situation. Instead of cutting clusters of grapes and leaving them to dry on trays on the ground,... more »

China opens to U.S. pears

For the first time in history, U.S.-grown pears have officially gained access to the Chinese market, according to Pear Bureau Northwest.“We have been working on this for 20 years, and the official request from our... more »

Rely 280 herbicide in short supply

Bayer CropScience anticipates a shortage of the active ingredient (glufosinate) in Rely 280 herbicide in 2013. In the short term, demand for the active ingredient will continue to increase more rapidly than manufacturing capabilities can... more »

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