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Michigan Tree Fruit Commission establishes mini-grants

Mini-grants are a new effort by the Michigan Tree Fruit Commission (MTFC) to ensure a fast response to pressing issues facing the tree fruit industry. Adopted by the MTFC board on Aug. 17, the mini-grant... more »

WTFRC completes cherry pesticide residue study

For the sixth consecutive year, the Washington Tree Fruit Research Commission conducted a study of residues of commonly used pesticides on cherry fruit at harvest. The study included 16 insecticides/acaricides, nine fungicides, and a potash... more »

How to respond to hail and severe storms

Strong storms are not uncommon in Michigan. These storms often have high winds, heavy rains and in some cases hail. Severe storms, especially accompanied by hail, have the potential to promote and spread serious diseases... more »

Hudson Valley real estate market challenges local produce

A growing real estate market in New York’s Hudson Valley is clashing with a demand for locally grown produce. A growing number of farms are being sold to developers, as aging owners choose to cash... more »

Freezes damage tree fruit in Lake Ontario region

Two record-setting freezes have served up a double whammy for New York’s tree fruit crop. As a result, you won’t find many local apricots or peaches this summer. James Eve, owner of Eve Farm Service... more »

How to control black knot in Michigan

Black knot (Apiosporina morbosa), is a striking disease and a major disease of plum trees in Michigan. Black knot appears on the woody parts of the tree including twigs, limbs and sometimes the trunks. Black... more »

Growers can continue Belt insecticide use

Michigan State University Extension has received recent calls about using the insecticide Belt in tree fruits. This insecticide is legal to be sold and used according to the Belt label. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency... more »

Broadworks herbicide available for use on stone fruit

New this spring is the herbicide Broadworks from Syngenta. It is a new chemistry for use in tree fruits with the active ingredient being mesotrione. The chemical family is triketone with an HRAC of Group... more »

Do you need to worry about early spring freezes?

In early spring as fruit trees begin to grow, many people are worried that freezing temperatures will kill the buds of their fruit trees. These buds can handle very low temperatures in the winter. Just... more »

Tree fruit commission pinpoints early funding strategies

Maintaining infrastructure needs at the state’s agricultural research stations has proven to be the funding priority of the Michigan Tree Fruit Commission (MTFC) in its first full year of operation. MTFC spent $385,089 in 2015,... more »

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