Michigan grape season varies across state

Northwest Michigan wine grape growers are expecting a pretty good season, said Duke Elsner, a small fruit educator with Michigan State University (MSU) Extension. Wine grape buds naturally break dormancy quite a bit later than... more »

Are your grapes ready for cordon renewal?

Do your grapes need a cordon replacement? You know, that horizontal arm that is trained around a trellis wire that your grape vines grow off from? Don’t worry, said Tom Zabadal, a researcher with Michigan... more »

Researchers create more accurate cold hardiness measure

A more accurate way to measure cold hardiness in apple and sweet cherry buds and blooms during early spring is under development by researchers at Washington State University’s (WSU) Prosser Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension... more »

State control could revive plan for Detroit urban vineyard

Are plans ripening for a winery on Belle Isle?Gov. Rick Snyder gave the proposal a mild boost at the 2012 Mackinac Policy Conference when he mentioned in a keynote speech that the idea had crossed... more »

Michigan horticultural open house coming soon

The Northwest Michigan Horticultural Research Center (NWMHRC) Open House will be held Thursday, Aug. 23. Concurrent educational sessions for tree fruit and wine grapes will begin at 3 p.m.Featured speakers for the tree fruit educational... more »

Editorial: Pushing the farm bill

The U.S. Senate passed its version of the 2012 Farm Bill in late June. The agriculture committee of the U.S. House of Representatives passed its own version a few weeks later. As of press time,... more »

Bob Gregory named Cherry Industry Person of the Year

The Cherry Marketing Institute (CMI) has named Bob Gregory as its 2012 Cherry Industry Person of the Year. “Bob Gregory has been a pioneer in the cherry industry,” said Phil Korson, CMI’s director. “He is... more »

Solar panels power California grape grower

By its nature, agriculture is solar friendly; after all, without the sun, nothing grows. Growers in some parts of the country, however – particularly California – are using solar power in concrete and technologically sophisticated... more »

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