Equipment

2015 Washington apple harvest predicted to be 125.2 million boxes

The Washington State Tree Fruit Association (WSTFA) released its forecast for the 2015 Washington state fresh apple crop.The 2015 forecast is for a crop of 125.2 million standard 40-pound boxes of fresh apples. This is... more »

Storm damage: Northern Michigan winemakers may have no crop

For the past few days, we’ve been reporting on northern Michigan crop damage after a storm swept through the region on Aug. 2.As of now, winemakers are preparing for the possibility that they will have... more »

NWMHRC annual open house scheduled for August 27

The Northwest Michigan Horticultural Research Center’s (NWMHRC) annual open house is scheduled for Aug. 27. This year’s event will include an equipment show, wine tasting and dinner, and the Leelanau Horticulture Society’s annual meeting. In... more »

Cranberry Marketing Committee launches new foodservice website

The Cranberry Marketing Committee, USA (CMC) announces the launch of its new website, Cranberry Foodservice USA. The website provides resources that can help foodservice professionals incorporate the cranberry – America’s Original Superfruit – into meals... more »

Crop damage: Northern Michigan orchards are ‘devastated’

On Aug. 2 a storm swept through Northern Michigan leaving fruit crops “devastated.” Large hail and damaging winds have been reported throughout the area.Apple, grape and tart cherry crops were left in shambles — a... more »

The Future of Farming: Over-the-row cherry harvester

Farmers have the same goal: harvest the highest quality fruit in the most efficient way. When it comes to cherries, it’s not the easiest task, but the way the fruit is picked continues to evolve.Don... more »

BREAKING: Northwest Michigan assesses storm impact

Agricultural businesses were busy assessing storm damage Aug. 3 to orchards and packinghouses following strong thunderstorms overnight in the Grand Traverse region of northwestern Michigan.Tom Berg, director of marketing for the Shoreline Fruit cooperative of... more »

ReTain Plant Growth Regulator now registered with double application

Valent U.S.A. Corporation announced today that ReTain Plant Growth Regulator has been registered by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with a new label use that allows pome fruit growers to make a second ReTain application... more »

Ground truthing technology utilizes sensors to determine crop trends

Agriculture today has transformed into a high-tech enterprise that most 20th century farmers might barely recognize. Alex Thomasson, professor of biological and agricultural engineering at Texas A&M University, said it was only 100 years ago... more »

Fruit Crop Guesstimate shows winter’s impact

Coming off back-to-back winters that challenged Michigan growers, industry leaders gathered June 24 to guess the size of 2015’s fruit crops. “We’ve experienced two harsh winters in a row and we’re also continuing to experience... more »


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