Midwest

Extreme cold events saw varied responses in Michigan’s viticulture areas

After a mild December, Michigan experienced two extreme cold events in January 2019. The first was a pulse of cold dry air from Jan. 18 to 22. The second was a more extreme Polar Vortex... more »

Michigan Farm Women’s Symposium to be held in Benton Harbor

Farm Women’s Symposium (FWS) will be held in southwest Michigan’s Benton Harbor (Hilton Garden Inn) on March 6-8, 2019.  This event is an excellent opportunity for women involved in agriculture to learn, develop valuable networks,... more »

Michigan tree fruit growers to vote on program continuation

Michigan Tree Fruit producers will vote on whether to continue the Michigan Tree Fruit Research & Development Program in a referendum conducted by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) Feb. 11-22. Ballots... more »

Modern American apple orchard pioneer Wally Heuser dies

Wallace E. “Wally” Heuser, a pioneering apple grower based in the West Michigan town of Lawrence has died, his daughter Wanda Heuser Gale said. He was 90 years old. “It is with great sorrow that... more »

2019 Ohio Produce Network ‘a success’

The Ohio Produce Growers and Marketers Association held its annual Ohio Produce Network on Jan. 16-17, 2019 at the Embassy Suites in Dublin, Ohio. President Aaron Buurma of Buurma Farms in Willard, Ohio presided over... more »

MSU Grape School offered in Traverse City and Benton Harbor

Michigan State University Grape School will be held March 28-29, 2019, in Traverse City and Benton Harbor; the two locations will be connected via teleconference. Participants will explore ways to improve vineyard management, gain in-depth training... more »

Invasive spotted lanternfly making its way to Ohio

Ohio has its radar in place to detect the first arrival of an invasive pest that can cause extensive damage to many crops, including vineyards and tree fruit. The spotted lanternfly is an invasive pest... more »

‘Duke’ of Michigan winegrapes retires

Michigan fruit growers took a long lunch Tuesday, Jan. 15, celebrating the career of "Duke" Elsner, who advised winegrape growers for decades in the fast-growing industry. Elsner retired from his full-time work with Michigan State... more »


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