Mechanical Harvest Cuts Costs and Need for Labor

Mechanically harvested fresh-market sweet cherries have already debuted, but the fact they haven’t made headline news testifies that some problems remain. Nobody’s complaining about quality. In fact, these cherries – harvested without stems – have... more »

House Votes to Create State Blueberry Commission

Move over pecans, peaches and peanuts ?the Georgia blueberry may get its own state agency too. The Atlanta Journal Constitution more »

2007 Noncitrus Fruit Utilized Production Down 1 Percent, Value Up 5 Percent

In 2007, the Nation's utilized production of the leading noncitrus fruit crops totaled 16.6 million tons, down 1 percent from the 2006 utilized production, according to USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service. Utilized production decreased from... more »

Labor Audit a Nightmare Scenario for Farm Market

Abigail Jacobson didn’t want to spread doom and gloom, but she had a story to tell about Friday the 13th that would scare the pants off any farm marketer. Jacobson’s business, Westview Orchards & Cider... more »

Extension Losing Its Personal Touch in Pennsylvania

This is the seventh and final story in a series about the future of Extension. The image of the county Extension agent riding in a pickup all day, visiting local farmers and doling out general... more »

Young growers ask: Should we open the door?

On any summer Saturday, you can find Sidney Kuhn at one of the farmers’ markets where the Kuhn family sells fruits and vegetables every week from May through October. But come Monday morning, she’s back... more »

Chicago Markets Drive Profitability at K&K Farms

Farmers must consider themselves fortunate when they see long lines of cars caught in snarled traffic on television – even around relatively small urban areas. Thank heavens they don’t have to commute to work! But... more »

Fruit Tree Nurseries Shift from Speculation to Contract Growing

In the fruit tree nursery business of the past, the season often ended with a fire sale at the end of winter and a bonfire in spring. This expensive way of doing business has been... more »

Pit Spit, Redhaven Heritage Give Farm Market a Story To Tell

How’s this for publicity? On the first Saturday of every July, the International Cherry Pit-Spitting Championship shines a spotlight on Tree-Mendus Fruit Farm and its summer cherry harvest. Competitors come from all over the world... more »

Camera sorts by weight, color, shape and defects

At the new packing plant at Gilbert Orchards, a packing line recedes into the distance. Red Delicious apples are moving in individual cradles on eight parallel tracks. There are 38 packing stations along the line,... more »

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Fruit Growers News September 2022 issue cover

Apple association forecasts higher U.S. production in 2022-23

Jenschke Orchards braves Texas-sized heat, drought

SWD-killing wasps released in Michigan to protect fruit

High-altitude pears: IFTA tour spotlights Washington pears

Cold tolerance is hot topic at Michigan Viticulture Field Day

Ridgefest updates industry on Michigan apple, cherry research

Cal Poly strawberry research: Can robots kill pests?

Great Lakes EXPO sessions to look at how to effectively plan farm succession and the benefits of Farm to School

Farm Market column: Fine Tuning Your Market Performance

Ag Labor Review: Small-town virtues, from the ballpark to the classroom


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