Cherries

Cherry board’s long-time director stepping down

Perry Hedin has managed the tart cherry industry’s federal marketing order – the Cherry Industry Administrative Board – for nearly two decades. He’s been CIAB’s only executive director, but that will change early next year... more »

Tour promotes institutional purchases of dried, frozen Michigan cherries

The Michigan Farm to Institution Network and its institutional purchasing campaign Cultivate Michigan recently held a tour in northern Michigan to learn about dried and frozen cherries, which will soon debut as the 2016 featured... 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 »

Destroy unharvested cherries to reduce SWD populations

As growers are currently assessing their crops after the recent hailstorm, there are many considerations for how to handle cherries left in the orchard. This year, some growers will not be able to commercially harvest... more »

Navigating crop insurance for damaged tart cherries

With the large crop and recent hailstorm, growers will need to make decisions regarding the marketability of the crop. This year is somewhat different from years past as there is now tart cherry crop insurance,... more »

WTFRC completes cherry pesticide residue study

For the sixth consecutive year, the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission conducted a study of residues of commonly used pesticides on cherry fruit at harvest. The study included 16 insecticides/acaricides, nine fungicides, and a potash... more »

Considerations for hail-damaged cherries after storms

Cherry orchards were impacted by hail on July 8, 2016, and growers should carefully weigh options to determine future management strategies. First, growers should assess the level of damage as the outcome of this assessment... more »

Stemilt introduces Skylar Rae cherry

Stemilt Growers is introducing a new bi-colored cherry, called Skylar Rae, to produce departments in June. Skylar Rae cherries are both the sweetest and firmest cherry that Stemilt grows, with sugar, or Brix, levels ranging from... more »

Northwest predicts 18.3 million boxes of cherries

Growers in five Northwest states estimated a sweet cherry crop of 18.3 million 20-pound boxes this season, according to James Michael, a vice president of marketing with Northwest Cherry Growers. The estimate, made earlier this... more »

Northwest Michigan growers planting at higher densities

Northwest Michigan’s fruit industry is in transition. Wine grapes have been booming, but after two brutal winters and two failed crops in a row the region’s tourist-magnet wineries aren’t as certain about the future of their... more »


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