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 »

Trial and error a big theme during IFTA summer tour

New York state apple grower Jeff Smith showed off plantings of NY 1 and NY 2 during the International Fruit Tree Association’s (IFTA) summer tour in upstate New York. Ledge Rock Farms near Medina, New... more »

U.S. fresh apple holdings at 134.8 million bushels

The U.S. Apple Association has released its first report on the 2016 apple crop. According to the report, U.S. fresh-market apple holdings of 134.8 million bushels on Nov. 1, 2016, were 14 percent more than... more »

BMSB still damaging Michigan fruit

This is the ninth and final report for 2016 of the Michigan State University Extension brown marmorated stink bug monitoring network. Last week, 29 nymphs and 808 adults for a total of 837 brown marmorated stink... more »

BMSB trap catches increased heavily in east Michigan

We have seen a strong trap catch of adult brown marmorated stink bugs in traps checked Sunday, Sept. 25, and Tuesday, Sept. 27, in half of the 10 Michigan State University Extension trapping sites scattered over... more »

Fall to-do list between harvesting apple varieties

While everyone feels very busy this time of year in apple orchards and the crop potential is huge, there might occasionally be a few open days between harvesting varieties as you wait for fruit maturity.... more »

Indian Ladder Farms learns value of an apple a day

Indian Ladder Farms in the Albany, New York, suburb of Altamont-Voorheesville is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2016, and owner Peter Ten Eyck is proud to say it’s been in his family the entire century.... more »

Macro Plastics launches new MacroBin for apples

Macro Plastics has a new MacroBin designed for apples. This new bin is 48-by-48-by-28 and weighs 63 pounds. The MacroBin 29 is being made at Macro Plastics' Union Gap, Washington, plant. Macro Plastics state of... more »

Michigan apple group negotiates processing prices

The Michigan Processing Apple Growers Marketing Committee has negotiated the following minimum processing apple prices (for apples 2.5 inches and up) with some processors for the 2016 crop: Ida Red: $12.25/cwt. Jonagold and Crispin: $11.50/cwt.... more »

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