Apples

West Michigan tree fruit update

April 18: The warmer weather of late has helped to move tree development at a nice even pace with no explosion of growth for the most part. Michigan State University Extension Educator Amy Irish-Brown reports the... more »

U.S. apple holdings up from last year

According to the U.S. Apple Association, U.S. fresh-market apple holdings of 53.1 million bushels on April 1, 2017, were 13 percent more than the April 1, 2016, holdings of 47 million bushels and 7 percent... more »

Calcium improves tree health, fruit production

{Sponsored} It’s no secret: calcium plays a vital role in fruit production. It improves tree health and improves fruit storability and shelf life. Calcium is also important to cell health and cell wall strength —... more »

Reducing the risk of bitter pit in Honeycrisp apples

{Sponsored} Honeycrisp apples are the hardest to grow and the most prone to difficulties. Bitter pit, a disorder most commonly linked to calcium deficiencies in the fruit, is one of those difficulties. And it can... more »

U.S. apple holdings up from last year

The U.S. Apple Association has released its U.S. apple holdings report for March 1, 2017. According to the report, fresh apple holdings totaled 69.7 million bushels, 12 percent more than the inventories reported for March... more »

USDA will buy about 37 million pounds of apples

On Feb. 2, USDA announced a bonus buy of apples and apple products. The $15 million bonus buy will be for both fresh and processed apple products and should remove approximately 37 million pounds of apples... more »

USApple: Jan. 1 apple holdings up from last year

Fresh apple holdings on Jan. 1, 2017, totaled 103.2 million bushels, 14 percent more than the Jan. 1, 2016, inventories of 90.5 million bushels and 11 percent more than the five-year average for that date... more »

Geneva saves Cornell Orchards’ cider season

Unfavorable apple growing conditions in Ithaca this season nearly crushed a seasonal favorite: Cornell Orchards’ cider. But with the help of Cornell’s New York State Agricultural Experiment Station(NYSAES) in Geneva, New York, the popular beverage... more »

U.S. apple holdings up from last December

According to the U.S. Apple Association, fresh apple holdings on Dec. 1, 2016, totaled 120.3 million bushels, 13 percent more than the inventories reported for Dec. 1 of last year and 12 percent more than... more »

Obscure apples pose new challenges for growers, makers

If you’ve decided growing hard cider apples might be profitable, you’ve probably got a few questions rolling around in your brain – among others, questions about varieties, rootstock, tree spacing and orchard maintenance. Since hard... more »


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