California announces $1 billion emergency drought package

Mobilizing state resources to face another year of extreme dry conditions, Gov. Jerry Brown recently joined other state officials to announce legislation to help local communities cope with the ongoing, devastating drought. The $1 billion... more »

Wind machine donated to Clarksville Research Center

A state-of-the-art, $35,000 Orchard-Rite wind machine has been installed at the Michigan State University (MSU) AgBioResearch Clarksville Research Center (CRC), thanks to a donation from the manufacturer in Yakima, Washington, and its service company in... more »

Georgia blueberries impacted by deep freezes

Early blueberry varieties felt the chill of deep freezes during January and February, according to University of Georgia (UGA) blueberry specialist Erick Smith.“I do know that the flowers that were open during the freezes, especially... more »

NYAA’s work keeps apples in front of consumers

New York Apple Association is keeping the state’s apples top of mind with consumers at a non-traditional time of year for apples, using a range of outreach activities in early 2015.“This time of year, in... more »

Winter damage likely to Pennsylvania berries

The question that seems to be on every berry grower’s mind is how much winter injury occurred this winter. This, of course, depends on the crop.StrawberriesI expect that we will see injury in some locations,... more »

Michigan Cider Association holding weeklong event

The newly formed Michigan Cider Association (MCA) and Michigan State University Extension are pleased to announce one of Michigan’s first cider weeks to be held in Grand Rapids, Michigan, April 6-12. This weeklong event includes... more »

Mid-Atlantic a great place to grow organic apples, peaches

Organic fruit growing in the mid-Atlantic region can be successful and profitable with careful study and planning.There are natural features in the mid-Atlantic that offer nearly ideal conditions for growing high-quality organic fruit. The climate... more »

Penn State website includes Honeycrisp management tools

The Penn State Extension Tree Fruit Production website has a number of useful resources for fruit growers. Check it often for the latest resources on fruit diseases, insects, mites and beneficials and fruit culture. Under... more »

Pruning, thinning advice for Pennsylvania peach growers

Prior to pruning peach trees this season, check for bud mortality from subzero winter temperatures.We evaluated bud mortality of six varieties of peach growing in Adams County, Pennsylania, on March 3. The percent of damaged... more »

A&B Packing acquires Lakewood Process Machinery product lines

A&B Packing Equipment has acquired the product lines of Lakewood Process Machinery, effective March 6.This acquisition represents a pooling of the expertise of two major fruit and vegetable equipment manufacturers and will produce a superior... more »

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