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Program Could Help Struggling Concord Growers

Concord grape producers may have permanently lost a market for 70,000 tons of grapes, about 15 percent of total supply in a normal year. That may be enough to encourage some growers to quit growing... more »

Guthion Use Set To End Sept. 30, 2012

The decision by EPA in mid-November to phase out all remaining uses of azinphos methyl (Guthion) by Sept. 30, 2012, will hit various sectors of the fruit industry differently. Three Michigan State University entomologists, speaking... more »

PDAs Add Efficiency to Farm Operations

A Palm Pilot can be an efficient and dependable tool to keep track of picking records, said a Michigan grower. Gary Bardenhagen from Lake Leelanau, Mich., has been using Palm Pilots to keep track of... more »

High-Value Crops Perfect for High-Value Land

Over the years, northern Maryland has changed from a bucolic rural countryside into a high rent district. Soaring land prices have driven out certain kinds of farming, but farmers who have changed what they produce... more »

The Tall Spindle System: Apple Orchard Design For The Future

After years of experimentation, Terence Robinson believes he knows what a modern apple tree should look like. It’s taller than people once thought it would be, 10 feet tall, but the trunk is really small... more »

Caneberries Rule for Oregon Couple

Like the huge 207-year-old Douglas fir lying at the entrance to their Boring, Ore., farm, caneberry growers Tony and Julie Schedeen have had their farming ups and downs. But unlike the lifeless log felled by... more »

There’s Blueberry Production Potential in China

China is quickly reforming its economy to encourage entrepreneurial activity and exports. With the strong international demand for blueberries, it is no surprise that the Chinese are considering blueberries as a new crop. That’s according... more »

IFTA helped growers bring fruit trees down to size

On March 5, the International Fruit Tree Association observed its 50th birthday – marking a half-century of fruit growers working together to bring trees down to manageable size. Logically, such an organization should have been... more »

Family Makes Its Mark with Dried Cherries, Chocolate

Mike and Marsh Shadbolt are not your typical Oregon sweet cherry growers. In fact, the couple is one of a kind. For starters, the Shadbolts, owners of Cherry Country in the Eola Hills west of... more »

Washington’s Jim Koempel Named Apple Citizen of the Year

It’s a tradition in Washington state. Each year, the community of apple growers around Wenatchee selects the Apple Citizen of the Year. This year, it’s Jim Koempel of Cashmere, who grows 275 acres of fruit... more »


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