State’s Cranberry Marshes Becoming More Sustainable, Study Says

A six-year effort by Wisconsin cranberry growers to become more involved in conservation programs and to improve water quality has led to more sustainable marsh land, the Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association announced today. Wisconsin... more »

SunnyRidge Berries a Cinderella Story

“It’s hard to believe sometimes. But it really comes down to being in the right place at the right time and having the right people to make things happen.” That’s how Keith Mixon describes the... more »

Keeping Under Cover: The Ideal Look of an Orchard Floor

In 25 years of studying the matter, Ian Merwin has seen all kinds of systems for managing groundcover vegetation in orchards. In some European orchards managed for cider apples, the grass grows like a hayfield.... more »

Technique May Solve Cherry Processing Waste

An area fruit processor may solve a growing, expensive problem: how the industry treats its water waste. Traverse City Record-EagleClick here to read the rest of the story. more »

Michigan Apple Committee Crowns Apple Queen

Kirstin Miller of Vassar was crowned the 2010 Michigan Apple Queen at the 2009 Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable and Farm Market EXPO in Grand Rapids on Dec. 8. She selected from a field of six... more »

Tree Fruit Breeders Get $14.4 Million for Massive Project

A Michigan State University cherry breeder is the project director managing $7.2 million in new funding from USDA. The project’s goal is to greatly speed up the development of new varieties of apples, peaches, cherries... more »

Larry’s World: IFTA President Touts Nova Scotia Industry

Standing in his mountaintop orchard at the highest point of the Annapolis Valley, Larry Lutz looks like king of the world. But it’s not his 55-acre family orchard that sets him near the pinnacle of... more »

Rebellion in Idaho: Research Station, Slated for Closure, Incites Grower Resistance

At first, it seemed to be the “usual” kind of story. A land grant university, facing the need to cut its operating budget, reluctantly decides to close one of its experiment stations. The University of... more »

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