Fruits

Organic product sales in the U.S. up 72 percent since 2008

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) released the results of the 2014 Organic Survey, which shows that 14,093 certified and exempt organic farms in the United States sold a total of... more »

Over-the-row harvester can work with high-density tart cherries

Michigan State University (MSU) researchers have been working on an evolving technology since 2008, which is leading to a new method of harvesting tart cherries planted in high-density systems. Ron Perry, a professor of horticulture,... more »

WSU launches new tree fruit website for growers

With the support of the WSU Tree Fruit Endowment from Washington tree fruit growers, WSU created a new website designed specifically for industry personnel. The site is simply known as “WSU Tree Fruit." The project was... more »

Committee announces Michigan processing apple prices

The Michigan Processing Apple Growers Marketing Committee has negotiated the following minimum processing apple prices with some processors for the 2015 crop:Ida Red 2.5 inches and up: $14/cwt.Jonathan, Jonagold and Crispin 2.5 inches and up:... more »

USApple announces ‘Buy an Apple, Help a Student’ campaign

This fall, supporting school causes will be as easy as taking a bite out of your favorite apple – thanks to a seasonal consumer education campaign the U.S. apple industry has created to fund classroom... more »

Fruit industry scholarships available in 2015

The Michigan State Horticultural Society and the Michigan Vegetable Council announce the availability of scholarships for students who intend to pursue careers in the Midwest fruit industry or vegetable industry, respectively.The awards are made available... more »

Susan McAleavey Sarlund named new NYAA’s Northeast account manager

Susan McAleavey Sarlund has been named Northeast account manager for the New York Apple Association (NYAA), succeeding her father and New York apple industry icon John McAleavey in that position. McAleavey Sarlund previously served as... more »

Silver leaf of tree fruits

Silver leaf is present in most temperate zone production areas. While it can cause severe and destructive symptoms in some areas of the world, this is rarely the case in Michigan orchards. It is caused... more »

Grape berry moth update: Late-season pressure lower in 2015

Recent sampling of southwest Michigan vineyards indicates a lower pressure of grape berry moth than last season, but there are still regions in southwest Michigan with locally high infestations that should be controlled to prevent... more »

Beekeepers are now ‘farmers’ in Washington state

A new law that defines Washington’s commercial beekeepers as farmers will enable the state to better reap the benefits of healthy bee populations while boosting a critical profession, according to a bee expert at Washington... more »


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