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2015 Michigan cherry production forecast

Michigan tart cherry production is forecast at 134 million pounds, 34 percent less than the 2014 crop, according to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Regional Office. While optimism was high for the crop in early... more »

Guesstimate shows winter’s impact on crops

Coming off back-to-back winters that challenged fruit growers in Michigan, industry leaders gathered June 24 set the stage for what to expect from the 2015 crop.“We’ve experienced two harsh winters in a row and we’re... more »

Excessive rain promotes Phytophthora diseases in raspberries, strawberries

In a rainy year, there is a higher risk of diseases caused by Oomycetes, also called “water molds,” especially Phytophthora species, which thrive in waterlogged soils and areas with standing water for periods of time.... more »

Weather ideal for start of downy mildew in grapes

Downy mildew, caused by the oomycete Plasmopara viticola, has gotten off to a good start in 2015 due to copious rainfall, moderately warm temperatures and high relative humidity over the past weeks. Downy mildew was... more »

American Agri-Women Drive Across America stops in Michigan

One of the reasons American Agri-Women (AAW) President, Sue McCrum, Maine, and 1st VP, Doris Mold, Wisconsin, are participating in a campaign across America is to celebrate the organization’s 40th anniversary.Many Michigan Farmers will remember... more »

MBG Marketing appoints new president and CEO

The Blueberry People, the Grand Junction, Michigan-based blueberry growers’ cooperative, announced the appointment of Orrin “Larry” Ensfield as its new President and CEO, effective June 19. Upon accepting the resignation of then CEO Bob Hawk,... more »

Some stranded workers cleared to cross border; others still waiting

According to wafla, a farm-labor organization based in Washington state, most of its members' farm workers who had been stranded at the U.S. border for more than a week obtained visas on Wednesday, June 17,... more »

RHYME fungicide launched for powdery mildew control in grapes

California and Arizona growers have a new fungicide for disease management in fresh, table and wine grapes. Available for the first time in 2015, RHYME fungicide offers control of powdery mildew and black rot in... more »

Disease management considerations for winter-injured blueberries

With winter injury hitting blueberries hard in 2015, it is easy to contemplate giving up on some fields altogether. If you have decided to forego harvest because there is not enough fruit to justify harvesting,... more »

Visa problems delaying farm workers coming to Washington

According to multiple new organizations, foreign guest workers are getting stuck at the border with visa problems – and the Washington cherry harvest is right around the corner.Here’s more from the Yakima Herald: U.S. Rep.... more »


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