Forecast: U.S. apple crop holds steady in 2016

The U.S. Apple Association has estimated the size of the 2016 U.S. apple crop: 245.9 million bushels. If it holds, the crop will be 3 percent bigger than last year’s and 3 percent bigger than... more »

2016 Michigan apple crop to hit 31 million bushels

Michigan’s apple growers will harvest approximately 31 million bushels (1.302 billion pounds) of apples this year, according to the official crop estimate announced Aug. 26 at the USApple Outlook meeting in Chicago. This is an... more »

2016 apple crop will be bigger than last year

The U.S. Apple Association has announced its estimate of the size of the 2016 U.S. apple crop: 246 million bushels. The estimate was given during USApple’s annual Apple Crop Outlook and Marketing Conference, held Aug.... more »

Penn State research helps shape apple industry

One glance at a commercial orchard today and you realize these aren't your grandfather's apple trees. Long gone are the 40-foot-high, widely spaced, gnarled and spindly trees of the past. They have been replaced by... more »

Michigan Fruit Crop Guesstimate reveals optimistic numbers

When industry representatives gathered June 22 for the 61st annual Fruit Crop Guesstimate, they came with mostly optimistic outlooks regarding the 2016 crop. Grand Rapids, Michigan, was the setting for the event, which provided an... more »

Consider presence of apple maggots when selecting an insecticide

High levels of apple maggot adult emergence have been detected at the Michigan State University Trevor Nichols Research Center in Fennville, Michigan, following rainfall events over the last week. Controlling apple maggots has been traditionally... more »

Facilities use less energy, improve efficiency

The more apples you grow and pack, the more storage you need. If that storage is energy-efficient and improves the quality of your apples, so much the better. Here are two examples of growers who... more »

Michigan RidgeFest set for July 28

The Michigan Pomesters will host the fifth annual RidgeFest Grower Tour in Belding, Michigan, on July 28. The tour will start with a luncheon at BelleHarvest Sales and visit four farms afterward. Speakers will discuss... more »

CA Storage Clinic set for Aug. 3

The 2016 MSU Controlled Atmosphere Storage Clinic will be held at Boulder Creek Golf Club in Belmont, Michigan, on Aug. 3. Michigan State University's Department of Horticulture organizes the Controlled Atmosphere (CA) Clinic every other year to... more »

Cooperative estimates fifth largest apple crop ever

Premier Apple Cooperative has released its estimate of the size of the 2016 apple crop. The overall estimate is based on conditions as of June 27, and assumes normal growing conditions to the fall harvest. The... more »

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